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In “Anonymous” I used stand-ins for self portraits and this allowed me to step outside of my self.
The nameless women silently speak for me. They become me in a universal sense. I think it might be easier to reveal our deeper truths anonymously. I am anonymously directing the emotional expression of universal characters. In essence these photographs are emotion portraits, and by stepping away from my individuality, I feel it invites the viewer to engage themselves in the mystery of their own truths, or to contemplate how the emotions depicted resonate in their own lives.
“Anonymous” was published in the last year in Al Limite Magazine, Eyemazing and Mono by Gomma Books.
Sofía López Mañan was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a B.A degree in fine arts by the Instituto Universitario Nacional de las Artes. She also studied advertising, photography and art direction in film.
In 2012 was awarded by Mono open call for emerging photographers and was also nominated to attend the Joops Master class. She also received in 2011 a scholarship to attend the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and participated in Buenos Aires PhotoWorkshop.
Her work as been exhibit in Argentina, Spain and in various international art fairs.
She currently works as freelance photojournalist working in various national media and at the same time makes documentary projects independently.