Whether it’s Rio de Janeiro’s unique setting that inspires incredible photography, or simply that the city is a wondrous pool of unique photographic talent, there’s no denying that it has spawned a series of skilled photographers. Here are some to watch out for.
Although from Rio de Janeiro, Dass currently lives in Madrid. Her current ongoing photography project is called Humanae, which is a collection of portrait photos documenting the entire spectrum of skin colour in people. Participants are volunteers with no prior selection process and no filtering of religion, colour, age or gender. Dass has stated that the project is a continuous one without any definite end – the only way to complete it would be by photographing every person on the planet.
Since beginning his career in photography in 1997, Reis spent 15 years logging the different sides to Carnival including anti-government costumes and the rise of the gay movement at the street parties. His career is impressive – he has completed 25 solo exhibitions, 51 collective displays, and has permanent collections in galleries in the USA, France and Brazil. Reis’s name may ring a bell – he allowed film director Fernando Meirelles to use his name in the award-winning film City of God for the character of the photographer, Rogério Reis.
Ana Carolina Fernandes
Having graduated from one of Rio’s most creative institutes, the School of Visual Arts in Parque Lage, Fernandes went on to work as a photojournalist for various large Brazilian newspapers. Nowadays she photographs the beaches of Rio on an almost daily basis and also documents the various protests and street demonstrations that have been happening in Rio since 2013, just before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. One of her most famous collections is Bodies and Souls, a repertoire of photos taken of transvestites in Lapa during the course of two years.
Diego Tovar Angel
After taking a basic course in photography, Diego Tovar Angel developed his skills while travelling, resulting in images chronicling incredible landscape pictures from various countries across the world. Rio de Janeiro remains his most photographed setting, with Tovar capturing the city’s beauty in a series of carefully considered shots. His work has been displayed at exhibitions and his photos were used to decorate the large windows circling Praia de Botafogo shopping mall.
Cafure has a wide range of achievements on his CV. As well as an actor and a director of the 2012 film “Renato, Eu Te Amo”, he is also the founder of Canal o Cubo, an online platform in Brazil for independent films, series, and documentaries. He is also an established photographer with his collection, “Janela do Fabiano” (“Fabiano’s Window”) being exhibited at the Centro Cultural Justiça Federal in Rio. His collection features naked participants in front of rustic window frames.
Luiz Baltar’s work features series of photographs that explore social issues, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2002, he has documented military operations across favelas in Rio de Janeiro, including the forced home evictions faced by residents in several of the favelas. The result was a collective series of photos called “Tem Morador” (“There are Residents”) that highlighted regional human rights issues and raised awareness of the plight less-privileged people face.
Having studied photography in some of the best visual arts schools in Rio – UCAM (Cândido Mendes University), the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, and the School of Visual Arts in Parque Lage – Diniz has created and contributed to several publications in both Brazil and other countries with his striking photos. His book “Periscope” showcases a collection of his photographs that capture the coast of Brazil, from Maranhão to the south of the country.