Some haunting images, and an old bank heist

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A woman begging on a city street, part of Marcelo Montecino’s photographic essay in Chile’s urban cultural journal Bifurciones.

Marcelo Montecino has a photographic essay entitled Indiferencia in the Chilean journal of urban culture, Bifurcaciones http://www.bifurcaciones.cl/2016/01/indiferencia/ . In one photograph an exhausted-looking woman cradles her child on the steps leading to the Santiago metro while an older child sits behind her. Another shows a street musician sitting on the ground with his guitar, little noticed by pedestrians. There are ten black and white photographs in all. Bifurcaciones began publishing in 2004 and its stated mission is “to support and promote critical and rigorous reflections on contemporary urban life.

The news site OZY (which takes its name from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias,” published a piece by Jose Fermoso on a 1981 bank robbery in northern Chile http://www.ozy.com/flashback/the-heist-that-broke-pinochets-back/65254 committed by two of the Pinochet regime’s security agents. The case gave Chileans a brief glimpse of the criminal elements operating within the secret police organization, the Central Nacional de Informaciones (CNI). It’s a good read.

One comment on “Some haunting images, and an old bank heist

  1. Thanks very much, Mary Helen, for the post on the 1981 bank robbery in northern Chile, an excellent article about an event I was not aware of, and also for the post of the very interesting photographs of Marcelo Montecino of life in the huge metropolis which Santiage has become. They are an important reflection on one side of the “Chilean miracle” we should all be aware of, as neo-liberalism takes over the planet, and is making strides in Latin America.

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