Biography

Alejandro Chaskielberg (Buenos Aires, 1977) is an independent photographer, videographer and teacher who has established a worldwide reputation for his innovative vision and sensibility that crosses the boundaries between document and art. Chaskielberg graduated from the National Institute of Cinematography of Argentina as Director of photography. He performed advanced studies in classical music at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory (violin) and animation at the National Art Film Institute of Avellaneda.

Alejandro was named World Photographer of the Year 2011 by the World Photography Organization in London. He also received the BURN Emerging Photographer Grant by the Magnum Foundation in 2009 and the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Award by The Boston University, which recognises excellence in the field of contemporary color photography. He was also granted by National Geographic Society with the All Roads Photography Program  and won the Fifth RM Iberoamerican Photobook Competition.

His working method is the slow documentary. He has lived in the islands of the Paraná River Delta during three years, far away from the city and inside the community of islanders, in order to his first book La Creciente. For his second book project, Otsuchi Future Memories, he traveled seven times to a rural fishing town in northern Japan, where he conducted workshops to locals who were affected by the tsunami and also organized the first big photo exhibition in the recovering city, in collaboration with the town Government. For this third book Laberinto, he lived during four months in Patagonia. He also developed projects in Bolivia, Surinam, Netherlands, Cuba, Italy and Kenya.

His work was presented at the Brighton Biennial curated by Martin Parr in 2009 and at the Daegu Photo Biennial in South Korea 2014 and the Ballarat International Photography Biennial in Australia 2015 and has also exhibited in many photographic festivals worldwide. He has been one of the Masters of the First Latin American Masterclass organised by the World Press Photo and Master at the ISSP - International Summer School of Photography in Latvia.

Chaskielberg is currently creating video installations and murals for theater and opera, and also working as cinematographer. Recently he gave his first TED talk at the prestigious Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

 

Education

2002-2005 Manuel de Falla Classical Music Conservatory, instrument violin

1998-2000 ENERC - Instituto Nacional de Cinematografía, Director of Photography

 

Grants, Awards & Recognitions

 

2018 Beca Formadores grant, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Argentina

2017 finalist of the Premio Braque award invited by the France Embassy of Argentina 

2016 juror’s pick, Magnum Photography Awards, selected by Martin Parr

2015 selected between the Nine Argentinian Photographers to Watch, Time magazine

2014 winner of the Iberoamerican Photobook Award, RM editions

2011 Photographer of the Year selected by the World Photography Organization. 

2011 winner of the Documentary - People category of the World Photography Awards, UK

2011 Best Latin American Portrait, POYI awards. 

2010 shortlisted for the BMW-Paris Photo Prize, Francia

2010 finalist of the Premio Federico Klemm a las Artes Visuales award, Argentina

2009 winner of the BURN Emerging Photographer grant, Magnum Foundation

2009 winner of the Leopold Godowsky Jr. award,  Photographic Resource Center of the Boston University

2009 selected as on of the 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, PDN magazine, USA

2009 winner of the Cultura del Agua award, Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación, Argentina

2009 winner of the Fotocáceres Opticas Iberoamericanas award

2008 All Roads Photography Program grant, National Geographic Society, USA.

2008 second prize, 50 Anniversary, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Argentina

2008 selected for the Latin American Art auction, MoLAA Museum of Latin American Art

2008 selected as Top 50 Critical Mass, Photo Lucida, USA

2008 finalist of the Premio Platt 08,  Argentina

2006 winner of the Curriculum Cero award, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires

         

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Laberinto, curated by Florencia Battiti, BienalSur biennial, Palacio Ferreyra, Cordoba, Argentina

2018 Otsuchi Future Memories, Centro de Arte Conarte, Monterrey, Mexico

2018 Otsuchi Future Memories, Gachi Prieto Gallery, Buenos Aires

2016 Otsuchi Future Memories, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens

2016 Otsuchi Future Memories, Otsuchi Gauken Junior School, Japan

2015 La Creciente, Ballarat International Photography Biennial, Australia

2015 Otsuchi Memorias del Futuro, Galería del Prado, CDF Montevideo, Uruguay

2015 Otsuchi Future Memories, Sony Gallery,  Tokyo

2015 Otsuchi Future Memories, Tokyo International Photography Festival

2015 La Creciente, curated by Frank Kalero, Goa Photo Festival, India

2015 Otsuchi Future Memories, curated by Cortona on the Move Festival, Italy

2015 Otsuchi Memorias del Futuro, Galería Cielo Abierto del Palacio Ferreyra, Cordoba, Argentina

2012 Moon Velvet, curated by Yoshihiko Ueda, 916 Gallery, Tokyo

2012 Turkana, Oxo Gallery, London,

2012 La Creciente, curated by Ihiro Hayami, Ring Cube Gallery, Tokyo

2011 The High Tide, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

2011 The High Tide, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

2010 La Creciente, El ojo Salvaje festival, CC Cabildo, Asunción, Paraguay

2009 La Creciente, Museo Emilio Caraffa museum of fine arts, Córdoba

2007 La Creciente, curated by Solana Viamonte, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires

2006 Entre Desiertos, curated by Horacio Torres, Cruce de las Artes, Buenos Aires

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 Human Landscapes, curated by Andrés Labaké, Art Museum of Americas, USA

2017 Premio Braque award, Museo de los Inmigrantes, Buenos Aires

2016 Human Landscapes, Mart Center of Photography, Ekaterinburg, Rusia

2016 Otsuchi Future Memories, UN World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul

2016 Human Landscapes, Egyptian Center for International Cultural Cooperation, El Cairo

2016 Industry re.Imagined, curated by Alasdair Foster, Shenyang Industry Museum, China

2016 Otsuchi Future Memories, Valongo International Festival, Santos, Brazil

2015 Contemporary Argentinian Photography, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Rusia

2015 The Other, curated by Frank Kalero, GOA Photo Festival, India

2015 Aquí nos vemos, Fotografia en América Latina, curated by Adriana Lestido, Juan Travnik y Gabriel Diaz, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires

2015 Paisajes Humanos, Centro Cultural Kichner, Buenos Aires 

2014 Territories and Subjectivities - Contemporary Art from Argentina, curated by Fernando Farina and Andrés Labaké, Art Museum of Americas

2014 Origins, Memories and Parodies, curated by Alejandro Castellote, Daegu Photo Biennial, Daegu, South Korea

2014 4th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover, Germany

2014 Otsuchi Future Memories,  The Fence / Photoville, Boston, Atlanta, Brooklyn, USA

2013 The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar, Langgeng Art Foundation, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

2013 The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar, Museum Mariënburg, Paramaribo, Suriname

2013 Nuevos Documentos, curated by Daniel Merle, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires

2013 Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, Norway

2012 Face to Face, Statoil Art Programme, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

2012 Terra Cognita: Turkana, Noortherlicht Festival, Netherlands

2012 The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar, Langgeng Gallery, Indonesia

2012 Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

2011 L´Iris D´Or winner solo show, World Photography Festival, Somerset House, London

2011 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?, MoLAA Museum of Latin American Art, California

2011 The New Yorker Fiction/Real, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

2011 Photography Now, curated by Elisabeth Biondi and Enrico Bossan, New York Photo Festival

2010 BMW Paris Photo Prize, Grand Palais, Paris

2010 A Night in Argentina, with Esteban Pastorino, curated by Martin Parr, Brighton Photo Biennial 

2009 Leopold Godowsky Award, Photographic Resource Center of the Boston University

2009 Human Conditions, Nooderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands

2009 Scan 09 Talent Latent, Mercat Central, Tarragona, Spain

2008 All Roads Program, National Geographic Headquaters, Washington

2008 Premio Artes Visuales 50 Aniversario award, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires

2008 MoLAA Awards - Contemporary Latin American Art, Museum of Latin American Art, USA

2007 Anfibios, with Lobo Velar, curated by Eugenia Rodeyro, Hermeth Gallery, Buenos Aires

2007 Alumni, La Ira de Dios Gallery, curated by Gabriel Valansi, Buenos Aires

2006 Curriculum Cero award, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires 

 

Books

2017 Laberinto, published by Editorial India, Argentina

2015 Otsuchi Future Memories, published by Editorial RM, forewords by Daido Moriyama, Spain-Mexico

2011 La Creciente, published by Nazraeli Press and Martin Parr, forewords by Martin Parr, USA

 

Teaching (selection)

2019 Pixels Education Project created by Chaskielberg, Argentina

2016 Master of the International Summer School of Photography, Latvia 

2015 Master of the First Latin American Masterclass, World Press Photo, Mexico DF

2016 Visiting teacher of the Tokyo Institute of Photography

2015 Visiting teacher of the Tokyo Institute of Photography

2014 Visiting teacher of the Tokyo Institute of Photography

2012 Visiting teacher of the Tokyo Institute of Photography

 

Juror Experience

2018 Premio Arte Unico Fernet Branca, Argentina, 2018 

2017 Premio de Fotografía Contemporánea Mexicana, with Cristina De Middel, Gustavo Prado, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Domingo Valdivieso Ramos, Monterrey, Mexico

2017 PH Museum Grant with Sarah Leen, Emma Bowkett and Ihiro Hayami 

2017-20 Nominator for the 6x6 Global Talent Program, World Press Photo Foundation

2017-20 Nominator for the Joop Swart Masterclass

 

Lectures & Presentations

2018 TEDx talk, TedxRiodelaPlata, Teatro Colon, Argentina

2017 Otsuchi Future Memories, FotoIstanbul, Mimar Sinan Art University, Istanbul

2015 Otsuchi Future Memories Project, Tokyo International Photography Festival

2015 Paul Moakley in conversation with Alejandro Chaskielberg, Cortona on the Move Festival, Tuscany, Italy

2014 Alejandro Chaskielberg in conversation with Luis Weinstein, Bienal de Fotografia Documental, Tucuman

2013 Night Projects, Nordic Light Photo Festival, Kristiansund, Norway

2012 Night Projects, Noortherlicht Photogallery, Groeningen, Netherlands

2012 La Creciente, Museu da Imagem e do Som, San Pablo

2011 The High Tide project, New York Photo Festival

2011 Alejandro Chaskielberg in conversation with Marcelo Brodsky, Paraty en Foco Festival, Brazil

2011 Alejandro Chaskielberg in conversation with Elisabeth Biondi, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2010 The High Tide Project, Brighton University, Brighton Photo Biennal, UK

2008 The High Tide Project, Adobe Systems Inc., San Francisco

2008 The High Tide Project, National Geographic Society headquarters, Washington DC