Portrait photographer Matias Antoniassi had had a dream to shoot Argentinian Gauchos for quite some time. When he finally got the time to do it, he returned to his home country and brought a Profoto B1 with him. This is his own story.
In January 2014 I travelled to Argentina, the land where I was born. Among several photo documentaries that I had to shoot, taking portraits of the Gauchos was one that had been in my mind for several years already. The Gauchos are herdsmen from Argentina’s prairies and are therefore excellent horse riders. It was during the ‘Festival of the Horse’ a regional festival held in Urdinarrain, in the province of Entre Ríos, where Gauchos from all over Argentina congregates, that I was able to shoot these portraits. It was a first for me. But also for a lot of the Gauchos. They live rather solitary and modest lives, one without superfluous technology. The vast majority had never had their portrait taken.