Depth of Field

Posted online: January 2016

1. Algaze

Mario Algaze, Curridabat, Costa Rica, 1987. Gelatin silver print.

Every human emotion can find a place in photography, and this universal visual language is rarely more evident than in many of the scenes depicted in the SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART’s latest exhibition “Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography.” On view October 18 to March 20, images reveal a sense of nostalgia between photographer and homeland. In lieu of a survey of works from every country, the exhibition gives outsiders a glimpse into Latin America through images that offer singular views suggesting both the extreme unity and vast diversity of the region. Through the lenses of both iconic and emerging photographers from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, and Mexico, these 47 works produced after the 1930s—displayed together for the first time—engage viewers with the people, political propaganda, social perspectives, history, and future of the region.

Alberto Korda, Don Quixote of the Lamppost (El Quijote de la farola), 1959 (printed 1998). Gelatin silver print. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Rowe S. Giesen.

Alberto Korda, Don Quixote of the Lamppost (El Quijote de la farola), 1959 (printed 1998). Gelatin silver print.

This is also the final exhibition by the late Karen Sinsheimer, who served as curator of photography for 25 years, and just one example of her vision for a variety of genres and her trendsetting curation. “Her knowledge of visual language through photography was in-depth and constantly expanding. She opened doors to visual exploration and language for many,” says Susan Jørgensen of her colleague, mentor, and friend. During her tenure at the museum, Sinsheimer expanded the photography collection to nearly 7,500 works—acquiring notable pieces from the 19th century, science-related, and photojournalistic images—and organized more than 120 exhibitions.–Charlotte Bryant

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