Graciela Magnoni

Biography

I was born in Uruguay. My nomadic life started when I was 2 month old. I spent my childhood moving from country to country, from the developing world to the developed world and back. At the time this was seen as a dysfunctional life. Normal people did not do that. Later, I realised that I had an incredibly interesting childhood and feel lucky to have experienced a life without borders. When I became an adult I could not stop jumping into planes, it’s part of my life and I can’t imagine staying in one place. I need the stimulation of change. I love the unknown and the unfamiliar. My only fear is to get to know every corner in the world – and then what?

I started my career in the press in Brazil, going from photographing for a small political newspaper to the mainstream press. In 1990 I moved to New York and worked for a few Brazilian and Argentinians papers and magazines covering the news.

In 2003 I moved to Singapore and started to photograph on the streets of many cities around the region, especially cities and villages in India, which I love.

Travelling and photographing have been an obsession since I was 15 years old. The older I get the stronger this obsession becomes. There are moments when a totally banal scene is transformed by the camera into a captivating image. These are the kind of images I look for. My images are always candid, never staged. I photograph without an agenda. I follow my instinct. I look for scenes that have the potential of unfolding into interesting moments. 

I have a BA in Journalism and an M.A. in Visual and International Communication from the University of Minnesota. I am a member of In-Public, a Street Photography Collective.