Photographer, artist and tireless traveler. Or rather, it is the photos he makes, the pictures he paints, the places where he travels.
Nicolás presents himself saying that he was born in Buenos Aires in 1983, studied photojournalism with the master Hernán Canuti. Also that he is interested in the culture of Central Asia, the Middle East and the native people of the Andes in South America.
But these are simple biographical data, incomplete, incapable of expressing the totality of what is Nicolás, a timeless being without body, one of those strange links in the long chain of men. Nicolás Preci is one of those beings who are simply here to teach us to look, so that once and for all men learn to look into other men’s eyes. It seems so complicated, and the matter is so simple.
During 2018, Nicolás was teaching photography at the Archeological Museum of Cachi (Province of Salta, northern Argentina) and also being part of an educational project at a rural school. Besides, two long therm projects come to light: rituals in the Calchaqui Valley and “Cacheños”, black and white portraits of Cachi´s neighbors.
The next year, Nicolás worked in a new theme in Buenos Aires: “Paco. Costs and complexities of addiction”, an assignment that shows the difficulties faced by users and the daily efforts to have a decent life.
On 2020 Preci worked in the impact of the quarantine by Covid 19 on the informal economy in the popular neighborhoods of Salta. Also, he is teaching photography in different ways: face to face and virtual workshops.
After the quarantine, on April 2021, he presented “La Señalada” in Salta City and also during the opening of the Cultural House of Cachi. This photographic exhibition was also part of a virtual program of the Argentine Embassy in the United Kingdom.
In parallel, he continued working on his essay about Andean rituals in the Calchaqui Valley. By the end of the year, Nicolas worked in Northern Argentina, in the borders between Bolivia and Paraguay, with the the original ethnic groups like Wichí and Chorote.
The year 2022 finds him working in the high valleys and also in the city: “Arabs. Histories of the Middle East in Northern Argentina” begins to take shape.
Also, his work was recognized twice during the year: Andean Rituals with the “Citizen Fund of the Province of Salta” and a photo of “Territorio Wichi” was selected for the annual exhibition of the “National Endowment for the Arts”.
By the end of the year, together with the prestigious photographers Juan Martín Roldán and Javier Corbalán, he creates and carries out the first edition of “Mirada Calchaquí” in Cachi, an intensive three-day workshop where participants of different levels are expected to enjoy nature, local customs and photography.
At the end of March 2023, another edition of the workshop is held at the Siilu Wasi glamping site in the town of Payogastilla, near Angastaco and the Quebrada de las Flechas natural monument. By the end of the year, they will repeat in Cachi but seeking to recognize different photographers with long and outstanding careers.
Meanwhile, is planning to continue his projects about India and its ethnic and cultural diversity, the Kurds, and Afghanistan.
A new workshop in Egypt is coming for 2023. History, political context, ancestral costumes and photography. A trip to the heart of Egypt with the renowned journalist specialized in the Middle East, Ezequiel Kopel. Stay tuned!