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Examining the life-cycle artistic productivity of Latin American photographers

José Sánchez-Fung

No AWP-05-2019, ACEI Working Paper Series from Association for Cultural Economics International

Abstract: The paper examines the life-cycle artistic productivity of three leading Latin American photographers of the twentieth century: Manuel à lvarez Bravo (Mexico), Sergio Larraín (Chile), and Sebastião Salgado (Brazil). The analysis constructs narratives using art books and other sources of expert commentary, following the approach in earlier contributions to the economic literature on the subject (David W. Galenson, 2007, Old masters and young geniuses: The two life cycles of artistic creativity, Princeton University Press). The research identifies Manuel à lvarez Bravo as a ‘conceptual innovator’, a feature that caught the French surrealists’ attention early in his career. In contrast, Sergio Larraín and Sebastião Salgado accomplish their contributions to photography like ‘experimental innovators’. The investigation assembles and evaluates metrics from museum holdings and selected retrospectives to gauge the robustness of the conclusions emerging from the benchmark narratives.

Keywords: life-cycle artistic productivity; conceptual and experimental innovators; age-output profiles; photographers; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z1 Z11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2020-02, Revised 2020-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-his, nep-lam and nep-mac
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