Fernell Franco (1942-2006) is considered one of the few photographers who developed a distinct lyrical view of the shift toward modernity in Latin America. The exhibition ‘Amarrados’ [Bound] focused on the Amarrados series comprising large-scale black and white photographs developed by Franco in the early 1980s. ‘Amarrados’ [Bound] was the first solo exhibition devoted to the artist in the United States.
It featured twenty vintage prints and a number of preparatory studies that Franco produced in order to create the series. He conceived his photographs in street markets in Colombia and other Latin American countries from the 1980s onwards, featuring wrapped up devices and isolated inanimate objects typically used by informal vendors to protect their merchandise. His images are devoid of human presence, conveying death, solitude, violence, abandonment, and mystery. [Americas Society]