Alejandro Chaskielberg, a Director of Photography, graduated from Argentina’s National Film and Audiovisual Art Institute. He has developed long term audiovisual projects all over the world, in Kenya, Japan, Surinam, Netherlands, Bolivia and Argentina. His vibrant use of light and dramatic worldview are influenced by his background as filmmaker and photojournalist. In 2011 Chaskielberg was named World Photographer of the Year and received the L'Iris D'or award by the World Photography Organization. He was granted the BURN Emerging Photographer Grant by the Magnum Foundation and has participated in the All Roads Photography Program by the National Geographic Society of America. Alejandro also won the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Award from the Boston University, the Talent Latent Award as part of Spain's SCAN Festival, the POYI award for the best Latin American Portrait, and the Curriculum Cero award in Argentina. He was named as one of PDN magazine’s 30 New and emerging photographers to watch. His first monograph, La Creciente, is part of the Martin Parr/Nazraeli Press book collection. His latest project Otsuchi Future Memories has received the 5th RM Iberoamerican Photobook Award and will be launched in Paris Photo 2015.

 

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"Otsuchi Future Memories" by Alejandro Chaskielberg

Awarded Sony World Photographer of the year 2011, Alejandro Chaskielberg has visited and photographed the people in Otsuchi, a small fishing town in Tohoku Japan, since 2012 in the aftermath of Tsunami. This video shows his recent exhibition in the town, created in collaboration with local residents of Otsuchi.

Alejandro for National Geographic - Tsunami Survivors Revisit Ruined Sites

“I decided to photograph in black and white,” he says, “because I thought, This is extremely sad. Other than the flags, there are no colors left here.” But when he found a waterlogged family photo album lying in the street, he was startled to see the colors that had smudged and blended together. Those saturated hues, he thought, were colors creat­ed by the tsunami. With that palette in mind, Chaskielberg began to turn tragedy into tableau...