(American, b. 1955 in Santiago, Chile, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)


In his current photographic project Real, Sergio Purtell bears witness to the ongoing changes in Brooklyn and areas beyond. As he sees it "the recycling continues, the cities and their landscapes evolve according to the needs of its population." He documents the architecture and the landscape of an industrial era being abandoned, and the neighborhood communities being displaced. His visual sensitivity towards landscapes and their people was formed during childhood travels in his native Chile: on the busy streets of Santiago and the lonely expanses of the Pan American Highway. 


Sergio Purtell emigrated from Chile to the United States in 1973. He received a BFA in photography from RISD (1980) and his MFA from Yale (1982).  After teaching photography for several years he moved to New York City to work as a commercial photographer, shooting for design studios, prestigious magazines and publishers. At the same time, Purtell established a studio to pursue his love for printing, working first for the Walker Evans Estate. A master printer, he now concentrates his business on photographic printing, continuing to collaborate with artists, galleries and museums to help actualize their photogprahic projects. Purtell has also managed to continue his career as a fine artist; his work has been both exhibited and collected worldwide.



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see attached pdf for exhibitions and bibliography:


THE BROWNSTONER Exhibit Shows Change and Diversity in Brooklyn from the 1960s to Now, by Sean Devlin (SERGIO PURTELL)
September 7, 2017
HYPERALLERGIC BRIC presents Brooklyn Photogrpahs, a Group Exhibition Tracing Chhange and Diversity in the Borough
September 7, 2017
THE NEW YORK TIMES Ruin and Einvention in a Transforming Brooklyn by David Gonzales (SERGIO PURTELL in Group Exhibition)
September 6, 2017
THE CREATORS PROJECT Decades Apart, These Photos All Have One Thing in Common
by Andrew Nunes
ARTS IN BUSHWICK, Elegant to Edgy: Purtell and Rosenfeld in Black and White, by Catherine Kirkpatrick, June 25, 2015
Bedford & Bowery, Gallery Scene, These Eery Photos Capture Brooklyn's Vanishing Industrial Streetscapes by Nicole Disser, April 9, 2015
Gothamist, Chilean Photographer Captures Brooklyn's Many Changes by Emma Whitford, April 7, 2015
ARTSY Editorial, Photographer Captures Brooklyn's Shockingly Rapid Gentrification by K. Sundberg, April 7, 2015
Brooklyn Daily, April 2, 2015: Cobble Hill photographer captures a disappearing Brooklyn, by Noah Hurowitz
PRESS RELEASE | SERGIO PURTELL Architectures of Disappearance
ALEXANDRA REBOUL about ART 3 Inaugural Opening



ARTSY Editorial | Mixed Media in Brooklyn: ART 3 opens its Inaugural Exhibition in Bushwick.
May 2014
ARTNET NEWS Andre von Morisse Takes on Industrial Landscape Photography The Norwegian artist discusses the poetics of urban and industrial imagery, by Bree Hughes