A Brazilian artist called Valério Vieira put together this self-portrait, featuring 30 images of himself, in 1901.
[via Eyes On Brazil]
Nice pic from last night’s Maria Rita gig at Koko in London, by Marco Guimarães
Caio Reisewitz is a Brazilian photographer/artist. He recently had an exhibition in Rio called Parece Verdade, and there’s a book of the same name knocking around which is absolutely beautiful.
From the April 1st to May 5th, the Fábrica do Braço de Prata in Lisbon is hosting an exhibition by one of my favourite photographers (and favourite people), Ana Naomi. I’ve had a sneak preview of some of the pictures, which were shot around Angola, and you should definitely check this one out if you get the chance.
I’ve been taking a bit of an interest in favela tourism recently. It was an idea that turned my stomach for a long time, but I’m beginning to see that it might have more dimensions that just being straight-up “exploitative”.
Anyway, I came across this post by a guy called Nat Friedman, who decided to take a tour in Rocinha despite his own reservations. Long story short, the next day he went back with a stack of disposable cameras and handed them out to a bunch of kids. The results are illuminating.
“After I got back and started telling this story to people, I read a newspaper article about some Kodak marketing team that hands cameras out to starving kids in Kenya and posts their photos on kodak.com somewhere, and it made me sick. So I don’t know if my project will disgust you. We did our best to explain the project to everyone who got a camera, some people declined, and everyone who got prints was thrilled to have them.”
The project has generated a fair amount of debate on his blog, and rightly so, but for me it’s interesting (not to mention rare) to see some totally mundane images of Rocinha minus the usual, slightly schizophrenic layer of post-City of God glamorization/condescension. A lot of the photos are awesome, too.
See the whole project here.
A photo from the Denver Post website, in a collection called Policing the Slums of Rio de Janeiro. The caption reads: “A young girl stands in a shopping cart in the poverty ridden City of God favela, or slum, on December 2, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”
Not sure what to say about this really, just two observations:
(1) the photos ride under a banner ad for the job of Police Chief in Grand Junction, Colorado (it pays $120,000 if you’re interested)
(2) if I had a pound for every use of the phrase ‘poverty-ridden’ on that page I could… well I’d have quite a lot of pounds.
Thanks (I think) to @henrymullen for the link.
Superb, single-minded blog The Mid-Century Modernist is carrying a fascinating set of photos by architect Julian Weyer which focus on modernist Brazilian design. Weyer modestly describes his pictures as a ‘predictable’ tour of mid-century brazilian highlights, but although Oscar Niemeyer’s space-age architecture does feature heavily, the real star of the show is Roberto Burle Marx.
Marx was the landscape designer who worked alongside Niemeyer in creating and shaping so much of the public space in modern Brazil – and especially Brasília. But perhaps his biggest contribution to the country’s visual culture was the crazy paving design he created for the Copacabana promenade in Rio.
Check out the full set of Julian Weyer’s photos on his flickr.
“Sleeping on the street isn’t comfortable for anyone, but deciding where in a city you’re going to spend the night is a freedom few of us have”
[via LA Times]