Thursday, November 22, 2012
Horacio Coppola (1906 – 2012) was an Argentine photographer and filmmaker, and the husband of the German photographer Grete Stern.
Coppola was born in
Aires, the youngest of 10 children. His parents,
Italian immigrants, were well off, and he studied art, music, law and
languages. He was about 20 when he began taking pictures.
He traveled to
in the 1920s and ’30s. Photography was coming into its own as an art form, with
pictures being shot from odd angles and cropped for effect.
London, he took portraits of famous artists, and worked on
a book about Mesopotamian artefacts in the Louvre and the .
He went back to British Museum Argentina
in 1936. That year, he was commissioned to photograph Buenos Aires for its 400th anniversary, and
produced streetscapes that captured the romance, vitality and squalor of a
He was one of the pioneers photographers from