(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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