The documentary about Chilean photographer Sergio Larraín is available on the HBO Max streaming platform. Photo: YouTube.
The documentary about Chilean photographer Sergio Larraín is available now on HBO Max. Photo: YouTube.

Documentary about renowned Chilean photographer on HBO Max

'El Instante Eterno,' a documentary about the well-known Chilean photographer Sergio Larraín, premiered on the HBO Max.


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The film El Instante Eterno tells the story and career of renowned photographer Sergio Larraín.

This Chilean presented himself to the world as one of the most important visual artists in Chile and all of Latin America. Throughout his career, he participated in exhibitions at the MoMA in New York, the Center Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London.

In the 1950s, he was also hired by the Magnum Agency in Paris, founded by the famous French photographer Cartier Bresson and considered one of the most reputable in the world. Larraín was one of the few Latin Americans to join the studio. 

After having achieved international recognition with a number of iconic photographs to his name, Larraín decided to retire from the art world and settled in a remote foothill village of Tulahuén, Chile, where he dedicated himself to studying oriental culture, practicing self-contemplation and yoga.

“What his artist friends criticize him for a lot is that he was an unfinished artist. He cut his professional career short at the right time. And strictly speaking it is true, he took energy away from that photographic work, which did not necessarily have to be a commissioned job," said Andean filmmaker Sebastián Moreno, who directs El Instante Eterno, in an interview.


With the 90-minute production, Moreno tries to follow in the footsteps of the artist, reviewing the key moments of his life, his most emblematic works, and reveal the still unknown aspects of an artist revered in the art world thanks to interviews with people who were close to Larraín.

El Instante Eterno is the result of a three-year investigation that led the renowned filmmaker to record in different cities, such as Paris, New York, and also Tulahuén.

Moreno's film premiered at the Viña del Mar International Film Festival, the Chilean Film Festival (FECICH), and also in Chilean theaters.

Currently, the documentary is available for all of Latin America and the United States on HBO Max.

This is also not Moreno's first film about the evolution of photography in Chile. In 2006, he directed his first feature film The City of Photographers, which highlights the work of photographers in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.


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