The Luz Austral Foundation – FLA is a non profit institution founded in 1999 with the purpose of making k the Argentinian photography known across the country and the world, as well as disseminating photography itself in Argentina.

It does it through the Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de la Luz (Open Encounters – Festival of Light) which is held in thirty cities of the country with headquarters at Buenos Aires and branches in Salta, Neuquén and San Juan. It’s an International Biennial of Photography Art that takes place between August and September of even years.

It also promotes the Argentinian photography by:

Exhibitions in various museums, cultural centres and art spaces across the country: the Recoleta Cultural Centre, the French Alliance, the Photo Gallery of the San Martín Theatre, the San Martín Cultural Centre, MAC Salta, the Pasquini López Museum of Jujuy, the Art Gallery of the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia, the Abril Cultural of Salta, amongst many others. And abroad: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, the Mercosur Cultural Network, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco and Libya.

Fairs: participates in Arte BA, Expotrastiendas, Arte Salta, Expoimagen, Buenos Aires Photo, spreading the work of emergent an established artists.

Contests: both the presidente and the secretary of the Luz Austral Foundation participate as juries of important prizes and salons (the National Salon and the Provincial Salons in Ushuaia, Santa Fe, San Juan, Salta, La Pampa, Junín), and in contests organized by private companies: CocaCola, Itaú Bank, Petrobras, the Book Fair, Metrogas, amongst others.

Lectures: they both have taught lectures about “Argentinian Contemporary Photography” in the name of the Luz Austral Foundation in Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, Mar del Plata, Neuquén, Rio Negro, Chubut and cities of the Buenos Aires province, as well as abroad, in USA, Mexico, Peru, Colombia , Venezuela, Brazil, Australia, France, Spain and Italy.

Portfolio reviews: they also are permanently invited to the portfolio forums and related events with the purpose of organizing further activities for the Foundation. They’ve reviewed portfolios at FotoFest in Houston (2000/02/04/06/08/10/12), PhotoEspaña in Spain (1999-2007), FotoRio in Rio de Janeiro (2003/05/09), Mirafoto in Peru (2005/07), Fotoseptiembre in Mexico (1998), Foto Fiesta Medellin in Colombia (2003), Foto Arte in Brasilia (2004/07), Si Fest in Savignano, Italy (2008), Fotoamérica in Chile (2008), Mois de la Photo in Paris (2008), Triennial of Odense in Denmark (2009/12), Biennial of Ballarat in Australia (2009), Festival Paraty en Foco, Brazil ( 2010), Foro de San Pablo, Brazil (2010), Lens Culture FotoFest in Paris (2010/11/12), Festival Festfoto POA inPorto Alegre (2008/11), Portofolio ReviewRussia at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow(2011), as well as in various Argentinian provinces.

Donations: the Luz Austral Foundation donates the work of Argentinian and foreign photographers to different museums and public collections.
It’s integrated by Elda Harrington, Silvia Mangialardi, Juan Travnik, Pedro Iacono, Luis Felipe Cruz Henestrosa y Pelusa Borthwick.

Workshops: it organises various workshops in specialized photography, for which it hires Argentinian professors and invites prominent international figures.

Publishing: it makes the work of photographers known through the publication and edition of catalogues, posters and brochures.

Grants: the Luz Austral Foundation bestows Prizes and study and improvement Grants to creators of images.