Traditional housing in Paraguaná. Venezuela. 1965.
Gelatin silver print -measures: 18.5 x 25.4 cm / 7.28 x 10 in-, vintage black and white copy, with a white margin, but wider on the lower edge.
Magnificent rural landscape whose central motif is a traditional colonial house located on the Paraguaná peninsula. These typical Venezuelan constructions, of Spanish architectural heritage, are built with mud walls and gabled roofs of cardón covered with tiles. The Paraguaná peninsula is one of the driest areas in Venezuela, as we can see in the cactus vegetation that surrounds the house. Most of its coastal towns are fishing, although some in the interior of the peninsula that surround Santa Ana hill live on goat, sheep and pig farming as well as some crops.
The architect and photographer Ramón Paolini -born in 1949, in Carache (Trujillo), on the Venezuelan Andes- has intensively documented the towns and popular architecture of his country. His books on Caracas and vernacular manifestations, as well as those on the Spanish fortifications of the Caribbean made for the OAS have reached the top category of "photobooks”. Recently a book of his has been published in Spain with a foreword by the Argentine journalist and writer Martín Caparrós.
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