BARCELONA – Award-winning Argentine photographer Humberto Luis Rivas died Saturday in Barcelona, where he had lived for the latter half of his life. He was 72.
Rivas, called the photographer of silence because his portraits attempted to capture the interior qualities of the people he photographed, was born in Buenos Aires in 1937 and arrived in Barcelona in 1976.
Rivas’ death came just two days before Barcelona City Hall was to award him the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit in recognition of the value of his images.
His most esteemed work is to be found in such collections as Mexico’s Televisa Cultural Foundation, the Rio de la Plata Museum of Contemporary Art in Argentina, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the National Library of France in Paris and the Art Fund of the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona.
His work was honored with a number of prizes, including Spain’s National Photography Prize in 1997 and the City of Barcelona Plastic Arts Prize in 1996, as well as the previously mentioned Gold Medal for Artistic Merit in Barcelona.
The cultural delegate from the Barcelona municipal government, Jordi Marti, expressed in a communique his condolences for the passing of Rivas, whom he described as a master both for his talent and for his influence on the artistic imagery of several generations of photographers.
Tribute will be paid to Rivas Monday at the Barcelona City Hall ceremony where the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit will be awarded, which will be conveyed posthumously to his family, Marti said.