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Adriana Lestido

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Amores difíciles” (Hard Loves), a retrospective comprising 162 images by Argentine artist Adriana Lestido, shows one possible evolution of the work of a professional photographer in these times. Lestido trained as a photojournalist, and for many years she worked for newspapers and photography departments of news agencies. Owing to the success of her first several series—e.g., “Hospital infanto juvenil” (Children’s Hospital), 1986–89, and “Madres adolescentes” (Teenage Mothers), 1989–90—she made a name for herself in the Argentine photography scene. The primary concern of those series, as well as of “Mujeres presas” (Women Prisoners), 1991–93, was to describe Argentine social reality by examining specific subjects; the work’s status as journalism also reflected that end. These are straightforwardly documentary records of people and situations.

A comparison of Lestido’s photographs from

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