Selected works from the exhibition | MoMA

Selected works from the exhibition

Horacio Coppola. Calle Corrientes esquina Reconquista (Calle Corrientes at the Corner of Reconquista). 1936. Gelatin silver print, 11 × 7 11⁄16" (28 × 19.5 cm). IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

Horacio Coppola. Calle Corrientes esquina Reconquista (Calle Corrientes at the Corner of Reconquista)

Horacio Coppola. Calle Corrientes esquina Reconquista (Calle Corrientes at the Corner of Reconquista). 1936. Gelatin silver print, 11 × 7 11⁄16" (28 × 19.5 cm). IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

Coppola chose to include over two hundred photographs in Buenos Aires, and he continued to photograph the city for the book’s second edition, as well as a book on the history of Calle Corrientes, both published the following year. Embracing unembellished yet unsuspected vistas, and celebrating the vibrant today of a city that had weathered centuries, Coppola demonstrated how a camera could be a tool of artistic expression. In the same way that Brassaï and Germaine Krull made their names synonymous with Paris, or Bill Brandt with London, or Berenice Abbott with New York—for each, simultaneously defining the unique characteristics of a city and a personal vision—the heart of Coppola’s achievement rests with his photographs of Buenos Aires, whose distinctive rhythms, landmarks, and idiosyncrasies come to life in his images.

Horacio Coppola. Calle Corrientes esquina Reconquista (Calle Corrientes at the Corner of Reconquista). 1936. Gelatin silver print, 11 × 7 11⁄16" (28 × 19.5 cm). IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern
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