Hector Acebes | the artist

The artist Hector Acebes
Born 1921, New York City, USA.
Lives and works in BogotŠ, Colombia.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography,

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Hector Acebes archive Born in New York City in 1921. He was raised in Madrid, Spain, and attended the Colegio del Pilar. His family moved to BogotŠ, Colombia, where he attended the Gimnasio Moderno. Acebes returned to the United States for high school at the New York Military Academy. He gained much of his technical photographic skill by participating in the schoolís camera club and through study and practice on his own…

Hector Acebes
Hector Acebes is 88 years old and lives in BogotŠ, Colombia. He was born in New York City in 1921. He attended elementary school in Madrid and middle school in BogotŠ. As a teenager, he graduated from the New York Military Academy (NYMA), where he participated in camera club activities, and at fifteen, Acebes persuaded his parents to let him to make his first daring solo excursion, a sequence of boat trips up the Orinoco and other rivers of eastern Colombia and western Venezuela. After graduation from NYMA in the early l940s, Acebes enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study engineering. He set up a small photo studio in Cambridge and developed his technical skills further. Acebes served for two years in Germany, France, and Belgium with the U.S. Army during WW2. Hector returned to MIT as a junior and graduated in 1947…

Hector Acebes

Hector Acebes
From mosques to market place gatherings, Hector Acebes (b. 1921), a Colombian
photographer and cinematographer, produced bold and iconic photographs. Acebesí photographs
represent the pinnacle of his career and are eloquently captured in Engaging the Camera: African
Women, Portraits and the Photographs of Hector Acebes. Touring extensively throughout
Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania
and to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar in 1948, 1949 and again in 1953, Acebes took nearly
400 rolls of film of the peoples and places he visited…

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