Armindo Cardoso left Portugal, for political reasons, in 1965, first living as an exile in France, where he began his training as a photographer. In 1969, accompanied by his Chilean wife and daughter, he went to Chile where his son was born and he began his career as a photojournalist. In 1973, following Pinochet’s coup, he sought asylum in the Venezuelan embassy and later, through the aid of the French embassy in Chile, returned to France.
The negatives of the photographs exhibited here were buried for three months in Cardoso’s garden in Quinta Normal in Santiago and, having been recovered by the French cultural attaché in Chile, were taken to Paris in 1974. The photographic collection of more than 4000 black and white negatives clearly reflects a particular period, including as it does portraits of politicians, artists and intellectuals like Carlos Droguett, Raul Ruiz, Miguel Enriquez and Salvador Allende; images of mass demonstrations throughout Chile; street art and mural painting in the streets of Santiago; unpublished records of Mapuche communities and everyday life in southern Chile.