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Alfredo Cortina (Carabobo, 1903–Caracas, 1988) was not only a photographer but also a famous scriptwriter for Venezuelan radio and television, a publicist and an inventor. His urban images or landscapes, like still images from a film, in which he often shot his wife (the poet Elizabeth Schön) are an artistic and sociological treasure trove that is virtually unknown in Europe. In fact, Cortina’s images were chosen by the curator Luis Pérez Oramas for the 30th Biennale of São Paulo (2012); Pérez Oramas defined the Venezuelan photographer’s images as “an early Cindy Sherman.”
La Fábrica is reviving this artist in its PHotoBolsillo collection in conjunction with the Urban Photography Archive of Venezuela, an institution devoted to conserving, disseminating and researching the country’s urban memory through photography.