Sara Facio

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Sara Facio
Sara Facio 2012.jpg
Sara Facio in 2012
Born (1932-04-18) April 18, 1932 (age 86)
Partner(s)María Elena Walsh (1978-2011; her death)[1]

Sara Facio (born 18 April 1932) is an Argentine photographer. She is best known for having photographed, along with Alicia D'Amico, various cultural personalities, including Argentine writers Julio Cortázar, María Elena Walsh and Alejandra Pizarnik.[2] Facio also was instrumental in establishing a publishing house for photographic work in Latin America and for the creation of a prominent photographic exhibition space in Argentina.


Facio was born in Argentina in 1932.[3] She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1953.[3] Later, she worked as an assistant to Annemarie Henrich and started taking her own photographs in 1957.[3]

In 1960 Facio and Alicia D'Amico opened a photography studio together.[4] Facio co-founded La Azotea with María Cristina Orive in 1973.[5] La Azotea was the first publishing house printing photo books in Latin America.[5] In 1985, Facio established the Fotogalería of the Teatro Municipal General San Martín, which has become of the most prominent photographic exhibition spaces in Argentina.[6][7] Facio served as the director of the gallery until 1998.[7] In 1996, Facio illustrated Manuelita, a book of poetry by Maria Elena Walsh.[8] A large exhibition of her work, taken between 1972 and 1974 and focusing on the effect that Juan Domingo Perón had on the country, was shown at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) in 2018.[9]

Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).[10]


  1. ^ Murió María Elena Walsh, Clarín, 10 January 2011 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ M.L. Sougez; H. Pérez Gallardo (2003). Diccionario de historia de la fotografía. Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra. p. 166. ISBN 84-376-2038-4.
  3. ^ a b c "Con osadía y técnica Sara Facio supo ver el mundo y abrir los ojos ajenos". El Territorio Misiones (in Spanish). 10 April 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  4. ^ "Alicia d' Amico". AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  5. ^ a b Sanchis, Verónica (2018-11-30). "Foto Féminas' Library – María Cristina Orive – 1931-2017". Foto-Feminas. Archived from the original on 17 December 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ Gigena, Daniel (2018-11-15). "El "túnel " del Teatro San Martín donde la fotografía cuenta su historia". La Nacion (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  7. ^ a b Foster, David William (2014). Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography: Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives. University of Texas Press. pp. 140–141. ISBN 9780292768338 – via Project MUSE. (Subscription required (help)).
  8. ^ Trevino, Rose Zertuche (November 1996). "Children's Books in Spanish". School Library Journal. 42 (11): 134 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ Centenera, Mar (2018-03-12). "La Argentina de los últimos 591 días de Perón, retratada por Sara Facio". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  10. ^ "Sara Facio". MoMA. Archived from the original on 3 November 2016. Retrieved 2018-12-17.