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Rio de la Plata Volume One is the fourth work for the TERRA INCOGNITA Collection, and the first of two volumes on this river. In this case, the multicultural, cosmopolitan ethnic trend of the river’s densely populated coasts naturally imposed Salinero a deep immersion into its human diversity, basically shaped by successive migrations from the entire world since XV Century -a trend still in force. The fascinating blend of cultures that identify the widest river of the world entailed a challenging photographic journey that demanded the author an intensive previous documentation and a strenuous, sometimes overwhelming field work during more than three years of independent work. Heavily influenced by Visual Anthropology, Salinero didn’t pay much attention to the habitual landscape approach due to the simple fact that he found the human epics of the Río de la Plata way more interesting. Yet, the main goal was the same than for the Far Away in the Andes trilogy: apprehending the world “and all that is in it” through the silent language of Photography. TERRA INCOGNITA is a documentary project based in Photography, upon an original idea of photographer and writer Andrés Salinero (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1963). The project's goal is to create a collection of books on South America's hardly known Natural and Cultural Heritage, departing from a personal photographic interpretation far from cliché and closer to an artistic regard. TERRA INCOGNITA printed and electronic books will be published four times a year, and comprehends many related themes dealing with this beautiful, mysterious and culturally astonishing part of the world, where so much is yet to be discovered. Also, limited edition, luxury photographic portfolios and single Fine Art copies will be offered for sale.
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Photographer Andrés Salinero was born the 26th. January 1963 in the city of La Plata, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began photographing at 8 thanks to his father Heraldo, an engineer and amateur photographer himself. Being 15 he traveled to Mexico, where he was deeply moved by this Country’s pre-Hispanic, native cultural heritage. Influenced by that trip and other untransferable experiences, he noticed he had deeply felt in love with Documentary Photography. Salinero studied Journalism and Mass Communications, Anthropology, Philosophy and the History of Arts at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where he also worked as a photographer during ten years. After graduating, attending a course in Visual Anthropology and a brief interlude in New York, he returned to Argentina and began to freelance for Clarín Editorial Group in Buenos Aires, and for international magazines like National Geographic and Altaïr. In 2001 he won a World Press Prize in Photography, and associated with agencies and book editors from Buenos Aires as a photographer, writer and co-editor. After a personal crisis in 2010, he decided to quit working for other people projects and fully devoted to his own, Terra Incognita, which he had created during his teenage years. Nevertheless, the project was rejected by the publishing houses and official cultural institutions in Buenos Aires where he presented it, so he decided to keep producing content by himself at his own risk, investing his tight savings and biding his time. So far, that’s how all the contents for Terra Incognita have been created. Salinero is also the author of three experimental essays: «Reality», «Gulp!» and «Cielito Lindo». Besides Photography, Salinero likes jazz music, literature, paintwork, tennis (particularly Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Gastón Gaudio) and Rally races (particularly FIA WRC, Sébastien Loeb and Ari Vatanen). Actually, he takes himself as a frustrated Rally pilot. Salinero lives in the same city where he and his family were born: La Plata.
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