Photographer's Note

I am never quite sure whether I should categorise the tango in Buenos Aires as ¿Event?, ¿Festival?, ¿Ceremony? or ¿Daily Life? - or perhaps even ¿Artwork?

The tango - its dance and music - has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, under joint patronage of Argentina and Uruguay.

It took a mutual suppression of an intense tango rivalry to get this joint bid off the ground: Buenos Aires and Montevideo are often at each others throats about who 'invented' the main cultural features. Both countries have acres of documentary evidence demonstrating why Carlos Gardel, the most famous of tango singers, is a native of Argentina, no sorry make that Uruguay - hang on maybe not, ...

A Montivideo tango friend will positively froth at the mouth as he recalls Argentina using La Cumparsita, probably the most popular of all tango tunes, as 'their' music at the opening ceremony for a World Cup or Olympic Games (he is never 100% clear about the exact details). La Cumparsita was composed by a Uruguayan.

Anyway, ... the photo is another from the Finals of the Mundial de Tango in Buenos Aires. I was a long way from the stage, so no point in using flash. I went for high ISO and as fast a speed as I could manage under the conditions - the grainy finish is not to everyone's taste (feel free to criticise), but I quite like the grittiness, which echoes the history and culture of the dance itself.

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