Photographer's Note

The Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Telmo is one of the city's busiest tourist destinations because of its reputation as the 'real' Buenos Aires; one of its founding areas, it is the home of much colonial era architecture and a place where people can come to see 'authentic' Argentine culture. With nothing is this more true than with tango, a dance which originated in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and the Rio de la Plata region as a mix of European and African slave dance styles. It has become intimately connected with Buenos Aires society, and remains a signature style in the city.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Buenos Aires is a meal and a tango show, and it's one that we sought out (mostly, I have to say, at the urging of my wife). We wound up at a small cafe in San Telmo's main square, the Plaza Dorrego, and had a decent meal; not long into it, the two people pictured showed up, did a 15 minute tango exhibition, passed a hat around for tips, and then were off in a flash to the next place, where they presumably did the same show. There were many cafe's and restaurants in the square advertising tango, and my guess is that this couple did shows in all of them, in a row, at peak times. They were fairly good and put on a nice show, one moment of which I captured here.

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