ISO 400: Hugo Passarello Luna Talks About Life as a Photojournalist

From a photo essay about Boulogne Sur Mer in France, where one of Argentina's founders died in the late 1800s.

From a photo essay about Boulogne Sur Mer in France, where one of Argentina’s founders died in the late 1800s.

All images are © Hugo Passarello Luna and are used with permission.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Hugo Passarello Luna, an Argentinian journalist and photographer who’s based in Paris and has been for about five years now. He’s worked on a number of projects, not the least of which is the “Unexpected Photo Essay on Cortázar, His Readers and Paris” from last year. He honored the centennial of Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar’s birth by photographing his readers in Paris in the context of his novel “Hopscotch,” which we interviewed him about here. In this episode, Hugo talks about his lifelong fondness for storytelling, his cross-cultural experiences as a journalist, and more.

For more Hugo’s work, check out his website. You can also find him on Twitter and Instagram. A selection of his photographs, as well as the episode, is down below.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Hugo Passarello Luna Celebrates a Novelist’s Birth with a Creative Photo Essay of his Readers

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All images by Hugo Passarello Luna. Used with permission.

For Argentina and much of the Spanish-speaking world, 2014 was an important year. It was the centennial of the birth of Julio Cortázar, a central figure in the Latin American Boom, a major period in the history of Latin American literature. Hugo Passarello Luna is an Argentine journalist based in Paris, and given that Cortázar’s centennial would be big news, he wanted to find a way to honor it. So, he took inspiration from Cortázar’s novel Hopscotch, and developed the idea for a participatory photo essay. Cortázar spent much of his life in Paris, and most of the novel takes place in Paris. So, Luna put out calls on social media for readers of Cortázar. He would ask them to select a passage related to Paris, explain their choice, and then he would photograph them there. Luna worked on it for a year, and photographed over 100 people for it.

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