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Armando Sartorotti

He is a self taught photographer who participated in 12 collective exhibitions and two solo exhibitions. He was a member of the jury from two photography contests; one made by the newspaper El Observador, and another other by the Municipality of Montevideo.

In 1998 he was curator of ‘Montegrafías” an exhibition of Uruguayan photographers which was displayed in large format at omnibus stops from Montevideo.

In 1991 he won the first price and four honorable mentions at the childhood photo contest organized by the OEA-UNICEF.

In 1992 he earned an honorary mention at the Salon Municipal de Artes Plásticas. That same year he exhibited at the Galería de NotariadoHospeda(j)e para Hombres’ a photography exhibition which looks back on his first years.

During 1996 he worked on the project ‘7 fotógrafos por Montevideo’ (Seven Photographers through Montevideo) in which each of the professionals chose a topic about the city. In his case, he chose to develop ‘Tiempo Libre’ (Free Time). This work culminated in an exhibition of over a hundred pictures at the exhibition space in Montevideo’s municipality (Atrio de la Intendencia de Montevideo), from  november 1996 to april 1997), the edition of a book and an exhibition at the General San Martin Cultural Center in Buenos Aires (Argentina), curated by Sara Facio, who was representing the work at the mega event Fotoseptiembre 1998.

He organized the event Fotoprimavera-Montevideo 1999, in collaboration with a group of six photographers, which selected and promoted five Uruguayan photographers and sponsored other 20. In this opportunity, 14 art spaces were occupied during the whole month of september. Among the foreign participants were Pedro Meyer (Mexico), Juan Felizardo (Brazil) and Juan Travnick (Argentina).

In 1998 the Foundation Lolita Rubial, which annually makes the Morosoli Awards -Uruguayan culture awards, awarded him with the  silver Morosoli award for his professional trajectory. The previous was the third opportunity in which an award was given to Photography; the previously awardees were José Silva (best known as Carlos Gardel’s photographer) and Alfredo Testoni, who was connected to photojournalism for 50 years and is also a plastic artist.

His work as photojournalist began in 1983 as a freelancer for the agency Prensa Latina, the weekly newspapers Jaque, Brecha, La Razón and Alternativa, and in the newspapers Cinco Días and Tiempo de Cambio. In 1989 he started working at the newspaper La Republica as chief photographer and in 1991 he was called to become part of the initial team of the newspaper El Observador as chief of section. This newspaper represented a before and after  in the use of images in the Uruguayan daily press. Since 1993 he additionally became photo editor.

In 1998 he became part of the weekly newspaper Búsqueda as photographic columnist in charge of ‘ La semana en imágenes’ (The Week In Images), a two page section in which he selected, produced and wrote to contextualize the stories that interested him. He also worked as stringer for The New York Times between 1999 and 2002.

He re-entered the newspaper  El Observador in 2002 as photo editor until December 2005. As a freelancer he worked for the gastronomy magazine Placer and as a stringer for the AFP. Since 2000 he has been a professor at the Universidad Ort Uruguay for students of Communication and Graphic Design. Since March 2007 he is chief photographer and photo editor in the journal El Observador.

In July 2010 he travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to Haiti to graphically document the daily life of the Uruguayan soldiers in the peacekeeping missions, as part of a project framed in the celebration of the creation of the Uruguayan Army. This job culminated with an exhibition at the exhibition space of Montevideo’s municipality (Atrio de la Intendencia de Montevideo), which later on was shown in every department of the country and with the publishing ‘Más allá del deber’ (Beyond  our Duty).

In June 2013, the exhibition ‘Más allá del Deber’ (Beyond our duty) was exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city. He is the only Uruguayan author whose book is sold at the UN bookshop. In December 2015 he inaugurated at the Sala Sáez the exhibition ‘Je suis, Yo soy, I am’, a result of his time living with the women and children from the Tulizeni center, a home for victims of sexual violence in refugee camps in the east of the DR Congo.

He currently works in a documentary project and an installation.

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