Marcos Zimmermann was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1950. He studied cinematography at the Instituto Nacional de Cinematografía in Buenos Aires and started his professional career as still photographer for feature films. For several years he lived in Rome, where he worked as a freelance photographer, his work being exhibited in various European countries. Since 1989, he has been working in Argentina, where he has so far published twelve books of photographs exploring the identity of his country.
Marcos Zimmermann has become a relevant figure in Argentine photography, having been awarded the “Fundación El Libro’s Prize” for the Best Argentine Art Book and the “Golden Pyramid Prize” for the Best Photographic Work of the Year.
Marcos Zimmermann in his own words:
“On a turn of that winding road I found a huge stone, oval and smooth as a whale’s back. I rested on it and fell asleep. I dreamed of deserts grey with dust, tangled forests and long roads joining tiny villages spread over those endless landscapes. But I also dreamed that the stone on which I slept was not really a stone but pasty mortar formed by the superimposed dreams of those who had once slept there. And that if I could leave my dreams there, one day others would be able to lay their dreams on mine.
My work is the result of traveling thousands of miles across Argentina, with the sole objective to show some features of its national identity, sometimes hidden or other times lost. During these journeys, I have often asked myself how to translate into photographs the infinite worlds contained within our country and which I have encountered along the way.
But we photographers wander through the visible world, trying to find the soul of a place, a person, a thing. That is why my photographs do not attempt to describe only the beauty of Argentina. Instead, they emphasize some characteristics of a still unfinished country, united by signs hidden within a landscape or in a face.
I seek to record those presences that could be found in hundreds of places within our country, which make us what we are and will remain forever in the heart of one who who has seen them.”
AWARDS | Recognitions
Fundación El Libro’s Prize for Best Argentine Art Book.
Golden Pyramid Prize for the Best Photographic Work of the Year.
Leonardo Prize of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Argentina.
Solo Shows (a selection)
2010 – South American Nudes, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2009 – Marcos Zimmermann, the eyes of land at Instituto Crevantes, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 – Desnudos sudamericanos at Palais de Glace. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 – Un perro en el Paraíso at Vasari Art Gallery. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2007 – Where Rivers Join the Sea at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.
2006 – Marcos Zimmermann, fotografías 1989/1998 at the Fotogalería del teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005 – Plantas autóctonas de la Argentina at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 – Norte Argentino, la tierra y la sangre at the Shadai Gallery in Tokyo and at the Museum of Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Japan.
2001 – Argentina, naturaleza para el futuro at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2000 – Serie del yacaré at the Centro Cultural Rojas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1997 – Río de la Plata, río de los sueños at the Fotogalería del teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1995 – Patagonia, un lugar en el viento at the Centro de Promoción Argentino, Milan, Italy.
1993 – Patagonia, un lugar en el viento at the Instituto de Cultura Brasil-Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1990 – Marcos Zimmermann, fotografías at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1984 – Video Games at the Museo de Telecomunicaciones. Buenos Aires, Argentina,
1980 – Viale Angelico at Il Fotogramma Gallery, Rome, Italy.
Group Shows (a selection)
2002 – Classic Beauty (with pieces of Baron Von Gloeden, Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts) at Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery. New York, USA.
2002 – Classic Beauty at Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery. New York, USA.
2001 – Fotografía Argentina at Photoespaña 2001, Madrid, Spain.
1999 – Myths, Dreams and Realities in Argentine Contemporary Photography at the International Center of Photography (I.C.P), New York, USA.
1998 – La colección del Museo at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1996 – La colección del Museo at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1995 – Luz y Tiempo. Manuel Alvarez Bravo Collection for the Televisa Cultural Foundation A.C. at the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City.
1993 – Canto a la Realidad- Fotografía Latinoamericana 1860-1993. Exhibition of photographs from Erika Billeter’s book at the Casa de las Americas, Madrid.
1981 – Dog Show (with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, J. Henri Lartigue, Robert Frank, Josef Kudelka, Martine Frank, Eliot Erwit etc.) at the Delpire-Nouvel Observateur Gallery, Paris, France.
Houston Museum of Fine Arts. USA (Curated by Anne Tucker).
John Szarkowski Collection for the Paine Webber Group. New York, USA.
Bank of América Collection. San Francisco, USA.
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. Kiyosato, Japan (Curated by Eikoh Hosoe).
Shadai Gallery Collection. Tokyo, Japan.
Kyushu Sangyo Museum. Kyushu, Japan.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo Collection for the Fundación Cultural Televisa. Mexico.
Musée de la Fotografie a Charleroi. Belgium.
Cabinet des Estamps et de la Photografie de la Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris. France.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina.And in private collections of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, USA, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
1991 – Patagonia, a Place in the Wind. Prologue by Adolfo Bioy Casares (MZ Ediciones; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
1994 – Río de la Plata, River of Dreams (MZ Ediciones; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
1994 – Siderca 40 years (Techint; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
1998 – Northern Argentina, Land and Kin (MZ Ediciones; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
2001 – Argentina, Nature for the Future (Nature for the Future Foundation Editions; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
2004 – Patagonia, Last Frontier. Texts by Tomás Eloy Martínez (La Isla/ Blume Editions; Buenos Aires, Argentina/ Madrid, Spain).
2004 – Under the Stars, Images of the Inner Argentina. Prologue by Hector Tizón (Follio Gallery/ Waterous and Co.; Calgary, Canada).
2005 – Native Plants of Argentina (Ediciones Lariviére; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
2007 – Route 40 (Nature for the Future Foundation Editions; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
2008 – Argentina, the Landscape (Ediciones Lariviére; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
2008 – A Dog in Paradise (MZ Ediciones; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
2009 – South American Nudes (Ediciones Lariviére; Buenos Aires, Argentina).