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Magical Photographs Follow the Lives and Friendship of Two Argentine Girls

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti tells the story of two young girls living in a rural province south of Buenos Aires in book one of her ongoing series The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams. The San Francisco-based Magnum photographer spent her childhood summers at her father’s farm, and found herself drawn to the sisters as they navigated their way from the innocence of childhood to the complexities of puberty—although not at first—Sanguinetti says of her subjects: “Beli and Guille were always running, climbing, chasing chickens and rabbits. Sometimes I’d take their picture just so they’d leave me alone and stop scaring the animals away, but mostly I would shoo them out of the frame. I was indifferent to them until the summer of 1999, when I found myself spending almost everyday with them. They were nine and ten years old then, and one day, instead of asking them to move aside, I let them stay.”

Book two, which will be released in 2014, will continue to follow their transition into adulthood while exploring the role of women in the interior of Argentina.

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti

This post was contributed by photographer Ali Kate Cherkis.


  • Juan Reyes

    Nice article, I’m wondering if this message could go to Alessandra Sanguinetti? or any of the Magnum experts in the field of photography. I’m a 24 year old photographer with a BA in photography. How does one get the funds to go to these exotic places around the globe and shoot for assignment or even get a try out if your good enough as a photographer that documents?

  • imre

    Goosebumps!!!

  • Matias Hermida

    Juan Reyes: Well you should try asking lower than Magnum… I mean, do a backpacker trip to south america, its easy and cheap and youll get thousands of pics and stories.
    Contact couchsurfing local groups, they are always helpfull and generous to travelers.
    Good luck with your adventure!

  • Karin

    Juan,
    You have to choose where you want to go earn the money to go and just do it then find something there that moves you and document it write stories etc. Then submit them to magazines, blogs etc. and try to get published its not a heres the money give it a go industry its an industry where you slave your blood sweat and tears to do what matters.

  • Janine

    Look at the picture where the thinner sister is nursing her new baby. Is it just me, or do the two sisters look jaded, dismayed and bitter at life? I guess that’s what adulthood and parenthood will do to you.