Photographer Angela Sairaf Questions Conventional Notions of Beauty in her ‘Healing’ Series

“Teco Barbero, a blind photographer and friend, told me that he asked a photographer to describe one of his photos. His friend told him that, if model hadn’t blinked, his picture would be perfect.”

Healing

“Teco Barbero, a blind photographer and friend, told me that he asked a photographer to describe one of his photos. His friend told him that, if model hadn´t blinked, his picture would be perfect. I realized that we are all conditioned by an aesthetic pollution. Since it is natural to blink, there is no reason to consider a photo that captures a model blinking bad. During the 15 years that I photographed models and worked for magazines, I rejected thousands of pictures for that reason. Other photographers do the same. And so we repeat and repeat visual patterns imposed on us by the bombardment of images to which we are subjected daily. Healing is an attempt to cure me of that aesthetic pollution.”
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Spain based photographer born in Porto Alegre, (South Brasil) Angela Sairaf is PhD in Techniques and Processes in Imaging and Master of Contemporary Photography. She received three training scholarships at the International University Menéndez Pelayo where she studied visual poetry, creative processes of a reporter and the nature of photography. She has deeply studied the relationship between photography and blindness; the subject of her thesis, and recurrent theme in her work as an artist. Angela worked for over 15 years as a writer and photographer for important Brazilian magazines.Today, she frequently presents at conferences in prestigious museums and schools of art and photography. Her work is part of the collection of MACRS – Contemporary Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.​ 
 

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