Juan Orrantia

Photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa

Juan Orrantia makes photographic works concerned with questions of representation, perception and history. Embracing photography’s uncertainty and contingency, through color, the manipulation of archival images or the photobook... read on
   
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Juan Orrantia makes photographic works concerned with questions of representation, perception and history. Embracing photography’s uncertainty and contingency, through color, the manipulation of archival images or the photobook form,  his works seek a sense of destabilization. His book Like Stains of Red Dirt (Dalpine) was awarded the Fiebre Dummy Award, forthcoming VerdeRojo received the first prize Latin American Photobook Centro de Fotografia de Montevideo, and self-published books are in collections like the Smithsonian Museum of African Art Library, Biblioteca de Arte Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and The Tierney Foundation.  Reviews of his work appear in Aperture, BJP, Juan was born in Colombia and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lectured at universities and photo institutions. He holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School and a doctorate in visual anthropology.  www.juanorrantia.com