Renowned Argentine photographer Sara Facio dies at 92

Her extensive body of work included landmark images of Buenos Aires and iconic portraits of Cortázar and Borges

Argentine photographer Sara Facio, the author of many iconic pictures of Argentine artists like Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, and Astor Piazzolla, died on Tuesday at 92.

Her death was confirmed by the Maria Elena Walsh Foundation, which she created and ran since 2018. The foundation promoted the work of Facio’s longtime partner, musician, writer, and activist María Elena Walsh, and recently added Facio’s name to its official name.

“We’ll remain faithful to her convictions, honoring the path she set forth for us,” the foundation posted on their Instagram account

Culture Secretary Leonardo Cifelli praised Facio, calling her “a tireless worker who elevated the art of photography.” “Her work left us an invaluable legacy for the cultural heritage of Argentina and the world,” he said in a press statement. 

Born in 1932 in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, she graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in 1953 and continued her studies in France. After her return to Argentina, she made a career as a photojournalist under the guidance of legendary photographer Annemarie Heinrich. 

In 1968, she published Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, her first book of photos, co-authored with Heinrich and featuring texts by writer Julio Cortázar. Facio also published a book on the history of Argentine photography: La fotografía en la Argentina: desde 1840 a nuestros días.

Jorge Luis Borges
Julio Cortázar

Facio created the first publishing house specializing in photo books, La Azotea, and founded the San Martín Theater Photogallery in 1985 in Buenos Aires. 

Some of her photos ran in Argentina’s main newspapers, and her work includes some of the most iconic portraits of great Argentine and Latin American artists, including Cortázar, Rodolfo Walsh, Alejandra Pizarnik, and Nobel Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez, among many others. 

Culture Ministry video on Sara Facio’s 90th birthday

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