The digital photography of Samanta Aretino sings with untold stories. Gifted with a strong affinity for cityscapes and color, many of Aretino’s photographs focus on women, children, and the working class. She believes in the importance of sharing different points of view, finding something different in commonalities, and showing that there is no one right way of living life. However, her work never comes off as something simply dedicated to a cause. With clever and skillful framing, Aretino forces her viewers to care about her subjects and take an interest in them. Although they appear frequently isolated, there’s an implication of the world around them that makes them more than lonely, existential figures.
Aretino emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the country of her birth, to Spain in 2001. She says this experience greatly affected her work and made her look at the world in a different way, with the knowledge that there are many ways to live, create, express, feel, and relate to people. Aretino’s photographs reflect this understanding: they're an exploration of the world and how people navigate through it.