Leonora Vicuña (Chile, born in 1952) Travestis en la Palmera, Barrio Vivaceta, Santiago de Chile, 1983 Gelatin silver print from 1992, hand colored by the artist. 28.4 x 36 cm
Born in 1952 in Santiago, Chile.
In the early 1960s, Leonora Vicuña moved from her native Chile to France, where she lived for more than twenty years. She has a degree in anthropology from the Sorbonne and has carried out photographic projects in both France and Chile. Since 1979, she has applied pigments and colored pencil to her black-and-white photography. Her work of the 1980s captures daytime and nighttime scenes of everyday life: streets, figures, interiors, and bars in the cities where she has lived. She is one of the founders—along with Paz Errázuriz—of the Asociación de Fotógrafos Independientes de Chile. She worked as a montage designer on the animated film The Rainbow Thief by Alejandro Jodorowsky. She teaches photography and multimedia at several universities in Chile.
“Poets, vagabonds, cantinas, waiters, transvestites, blind beggars, cabaret musicians are just some of the people photographed by Leonora Vicuña from her special visual perspective… Leonora works her images by hand, exploring and painting them in a traditional coloring process that reconstructs a warm and nostalgic gaze, in which the faded figures bring back to life the glorious and forgotten golden age of photographic portraiture.”—Gonzalo Leiva Quijada, in Contrasombras (2010)