Close Up: Photographer Natacha Pisarenko

AP Photographer Natacha Pisarenko was born in Buenos Aires and studied photography at the city’s School of Photographic Arts. Pisarenko currently works out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started her career in 1988 as a photographer for La Nación, one of Argentina’s largest newspapers, then joined the AP in Buenos Aires in 2002. She covered Afghanistan in 2003 and has since covered a wide variety of events, including the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, elections, Rio de Janeiro’s carnival, soccer championships, the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2010 and the 2010 earthquake in Chile.


A transgender poses for a photo before Argentinaís annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina's gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A transgender poses for a photo before Argentinaís annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Argentina has improved rights for sexual minorities over the last years, becoming the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and this year, the Congress approved Argentina’s gender identity law, granting people the right to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Smoke of a barbecue rises over followers of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez as they celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the government-sponsored media law in front of the National Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Argentinaís Supreme Court ruled that the government has a responsibility to prevent media companies from growing so large that they dominate public discourse, upholding a law that could demolish Grupo Clarin, the nationís largest media group and a leading opponent of President Cristina Fernandez. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Smoke of a barbecue rises over followers of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez as they celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the government-sponsored media law in front of the National Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Janine Flock of Austria prepares for her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Janine Flock of Austria prepares for her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Contestants wait to go on stage during the Miss Argentina contest in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Contestants wait to go on stage during the Miss Argentina contest in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Pole dancer Sharon Pacheco of Colombia stretches as she prepares to perform in the annual Miss Pole Dance South America 2011 competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday Nov. 11, 2011. Dancers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela vied for a chance to participate in the 2012 Miss Pole Dance World Championship to be held in the United States. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Pole dancer Sharon Pacheco of Colombia stretches as she prepares to perform in the annual Miss Pole Dance South America 2011 competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday Nov. 11, 2011. Dancers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela vied for a chance to participate in the 2012 Miss Pole Dance World Championship to be held in the United States. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Independiente's fans celebrate their team's fourth goal during an Argentine league soccer match against Racing Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday April 14, 2012. Independiente won 4-1. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Independiente’s fans celebrate their team’s fourth goal during an Argentine league soccer match against Racing Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday April 14, 2012. Independiente won 4-1. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A white tiger cub growls at the Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The cub's mother, Cleo, a captive Bengal white tiger, gave birth to two females and two males on Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A white tiger cub growls at the Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The cub’s mother, Cleo, a captive Bengal white tiger, gave birth to two females and two males on Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A woman touches a statue of 'Gauchito Gil' inside his sanctuary a day before his death anniversary, near Mercedes, in Argentina's Corrientes state, some 700 kms north of Buenos Aires, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. 'Gauchito Gil' is a legendary character in Argentina's popular culture, an 1800s outlaw who became a symbol of bravery, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Born Antonio Mamerto Gil Nunez in the 1840s, was allegedly executed on Jan. 8, 1878. Every year on his death anniversary, more than 100,000 people visit his shrine to leave offerings and ask for favors. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A woman touches a statue of ‘Gauchito Gil’ inside his sanctuary a day before his death anniversary, near Mercedes, in Argentina’s Corrientes state, some 700 kms north of Buenos Aires, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. ‘Gauchito Gil’ is a legendary character in Argentina’s popular culture, an 1800s outlaw who became a symbol of bravery, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Born Antonio Mamerto Gil Nunez in the 1840s, was allegedly executed on Jan. 8, 1878. Every year on his death anniversary, more than 100,000 people visit his shrine to leave offerings and ask for favors. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

River Plate's fans cheer their team during an Argentina's league soccer match against All Boys in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, May 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)River Plate’s fans cheer their team during an Argentina’s league soccer match against All Boys in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, May 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Jerome KainoNew Zealand All Blacks Jerome Kaino helps up France’s Imanol Harinordoquy as his teammates celebrate after their Rugby World Cup final win over France at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Children pose for pictures at Salgueiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Sept. 30, 2010. Brazil will hold general elections Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Children pose for pictures at Salgueiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Sept. 30, 2010. Brazil will hold general elections Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)


 

Lead Photo Caption: A child plays soccer in front a mural of Pope Francis at the 1-11-14 slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 13, 2014. On the day of the first anniversary of the Pope’s election, people from the 1-11-14 slum gather at the their church to attend a mass given in his honor and to watch an interview that Pope Francis gave recently from his residence at the Vatican to FM Bajo Flores, a community radio station that broadcasts from the slum. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

 

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