Thousands of Photographs by Argentinian Photographer Allegedly 'Thrown Away' by Le Monde

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The web has recently been abuzz over the news of Argentinian photographer Daniel Mordzinski losing the negatives and slides of thousands of his photographs after they were trashed by French newspaper Le Monde. Find out more about this sad story after the jump.

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Imagine losing all the negatives and prints of all your photos — from the ones you took for work and portfolio, to the personal ones you took on memorable trips, countless photowalks, and impromptu photo sessions. We imagine you’d be devastated, so it’s easy for us to try and step in the shoes of Argentinian photographer Daniel Mordzinski, whose 27 years’ worth of work were allegedly thrown away without warning by French newspaper Le Monde.

“No one knows or wants to know why they decided to [do] away my work life, thousands of photos taken over twenty-seven [years],” laments Mordzinski, who had photographed some renowned literary figures such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Julio Cortázar at the height of his career. Mordzinski kept an office in Le Monde for 10 years as part of its partnership with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

In his website, Mordzinski said that Miguel Mora, an El Pais correspondent in Paris and a friend of his, apparently discovered that the Argentinian photographer’s office had been completely emptied without prior notice, suggesting that thousands of his original negatives and slides had already been resigned to the trash bin.

“[I] only saved hundreds of photos that [were] once digitized in books or exhibitions, the rest disappeared forever,” Mordzinski further noted.

The dismal matter has been making the rounds and garnering comments on social networks, and even prompted an open letter from the enraged writer Luis Sepulveda.

What are your views on this matter? Share them with us with a comment below!

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  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    can you imagine losing 27 years worth of photos... this has to be sooooooo frustrating!

  2. sirio174
    sirio174 ·


  3. robotto_dawad
    robotto_dawad ·

    i'm sorry to hear that :(

  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    My heart broke at this news as well, @guanatos, @sirio174, and @robotto_dawad :(

  5. peachy_yb89
    peachy_yb89 ·

    Would have loved to see photos of Gabriel Garcia Marquez! :(

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    terrible! After what I read on the french site Rue89, another employee was installed in his office and the cupboard where all the negatives were stored found in the cellar, but empty... The guy who emptied the office simply throw away all what was inside... but kept the cupboard and put it in the cellar!!! How can somebody throw away negatives, and anyway throw away what doesn't belong to him??? "Le Monde" said that there were never informed that all his work was stored at their office.... So sad :(… (in french)

  7. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    My condolences to Daniel Mordzinski... The only recourse, I can see in this , is to hire a lawyer and see how much you can annoy Le Monde, also search Paris and see if someone Dumpster dove any of the material. There are stupid people everywhere. I recommend Vengeance by Litigeosity.

  8. kevinhodur
    kevinhodur ·

    My guess is they thought "all this stuff is on a computer by now" and pitched analogue to the curb. Classless, arrogant, stupid.

  9. segata
    segata ·

    This is disgusting behaviour, if you are going to clear out any place you should at least give the owner a chance to collect their property or have it collected, I really hope those responsible are dealt with accordingly.

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