Stolen moments. Photos of Mario Muchnik
STOLEN MOMENTS, GIVEN MOMENTS
Living and anxious eyes. Cheerful and happy words. An attitude brimming with energy and curiosity. This way Mario Muchnik has received us, «publisher of really, of that they love the literature», a publisher whose aptitude to detect the talent has nourished like nobody our History of the Literature.
With the title «Moments stolen», the Municipal Foundation of Culture of Valladolid offers us this exhibition formed by two selections of its more than 50.000 negatives: "Literary portraits» and «Traveling chronicles». In this sample stayed at the Exhibition hall of the Theater Caldron, we find sufficient proofs that the aptitude of Mario Muchnik to discover meanings and unusual compositions does not limit itself to the printed letter, but it becomes extensible to the reading of the moments and persons who have happened for its intense life.
Throughout its more than 80 years, Mario Muchnik has known and treated the writers and the most excellent thinkers of last century. Not only across its works, which there had the privilege of announcing, but for the countless conversations, friends and anecdotes that were joining them. In «Moments stolen» we can appear to some small passages of its life, and observe the intimacy of the only scenes of its trips (a few young people going fishing in Zurick, the key with that Mozart finished Don Giovanni) or simple portraits of some of its famous friends (Ann Maria Matute, Julio Cortázar, Jean-Paul Sartre). Mario tries to flee of the "typical thing" in its photos and avoids the excessive exhibition before shooting its camera, providing to the images of a stamp of freshness and naturalness. The white person and black chooses for the photos, almost as if he could not conceive the world any more than across the printed black ink that has characterized its life, but answering also to an esthetic emulation with which he tries to award more abstraction to the scene and notice that behind each of them one hides an anecdote that did of this slightly special and unrepeatable moment. He flees in addition to the digitization of the photo for personal conviction, since for him two essential elements of the photo are not digitalizables: the framing, which stays to tact of the photographer, and the moral content of the photo, what says the photo, what he suggests. «There is no digital circuit that says it to you», the author reflects.
It is a privilege to be able to contemplate these only portraits across a few eyes that they have seen and shared so much. Mario Muchnik, after having announced authentic authentic milestones of the writing, gives us these moments stolen from its protagonists, once again, to share them with us.
Final coda, the special relation of Mario Muchnik with Valladolid
Mario Muchnik has a singular fondness relation with the city of Valladolid, which receives its exhibition until May 13, 2013. This relation owes to the narrow friendship that it was maintaining with the poet Jorge Guillén, whom, of course, it edited. I cannot avoid to transcribe an anecdote that Mario told us concerning the poet during a meal on the beach of Nice:
«Jorge was facing the sea, out. I was approaching him when I saw going down for a stairs a very nice young woman in toples, way of the beach. I said to him that it should look at it. When Jorge saw it, only he said to me: ‘Delightful‘. Then I understood its poetry».
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