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My final scheduled show on Friday was a group show titled Five European Gazes: Spanish and Latin American Photography. Three of the five artists introduced us to their work—Pedro Álvarez, Matías Costa, and David Jiménez—while series by the other two—Juan González and María Isabel Rueda—spoke for themselves. I found Álvarez’s work the most thought provoking…scenes of snowy mountainsides or sleepy beach towns are interrupted by a big furry microphone poking into the frame, or a man in the foreground holding the same mic. Álvarez explained that he imagined the collection as a series of lost sound recordings, thus asking the viewer to imagine the sounds that would have gone along with his images. It was a simple, graceful way to draw our other senses into the photographic experience, and to prompt questions about the way these interact to create a new viewing experience.