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Photographer's Note

Buenos Aires (and to a major extent, Argentina itself) is a place build on immigration. In the twenty years from 1895, the population of BsAs doubled from 4 to 8 million - the vast majority of that increase coming from immigration, and the largest part of theat coming from Italy and Spain. The ratio of men to woman was rather lopsided, as with many immigrant communities (working men moving alone and sending money back to the home family).

Tango grew up in Buenos Aires and Montevideo (Uruguay) during this time and many of the oldest existing tango photographs show men dancing together.

The photograph shows a homage to that history in the pre-competition entertainment at the stage-tango world championships.

There is probably also a recognition of the growing popularity of a subculture of what is known in Bs As as tango-queer. Traditional tangos can be deeply conservative at times: seldom any music more recent than the 1950s, woman asking men for a dance can be deeply frowned on, and moving away from the traditional roles of men lead and women follow is simply not done. Tango-queer seeks to play with and subvert some of the traditions of tango: Men can dance with men, women with women and women can lead men.

Technical photo notes are similar to last few postings: 200mm lens, too far away for flash so reliant on stage lighting, high ISO, fair amount of cropping on final picture.

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