Photography

Brazil is ranked as the 5th largest country in the world in terms of area and population,and covers nearly half of South America. Apart from its geography, it is famous for its topography as well. The country is teeming with so many wonderful places, which attract tourists, professional photographers and adventure seekers. What makes Brazil one of the coolest places to visit? If you are planning a trip, Brazil is the perfect destination. Places like São Paulo, Rio, Salvador, Morro de São Paulo, Iguazu Falls, and many more can transform even jaded travelers into raucous fun lovers. I like to say…

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This February sees yet another attraction make its way to London: an exhibition of the photography of the Brazilian artist Cristina Schleder, which will be open to the public at the Embassy of Brazil, from 10 to 23 February. Cristina, who is 64 and lives in São Paulo, studied Visual Communication in her home city, and has worked there ever since. Throughout her 35-year-long career, Cristina has dedicated herself to representing nature. The techniques she uses are designed to bring to the fore her unconscious thoughts, and can be seen in all her work. Schleder’s artistic style is instinctively impressionist,…

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The idea of Brazilian photographers Zeka Araújo and Miguel Hijar is to present a photography exhibition based on Frescobol, the popular Brazilian Beach Tennis sport. Also known as Matkot (from the Hebrew for ‘racquets’), Frescobol is a beach sport created in Rio de Janeiro during the 20th century. One of the sport’s inventors was Millôr Fernandes, a Brazilian intellectual, journalist, writer, comedian and Shakespeare translator. The concept behind the exhibition is to unite art and sport. Where: Embassy of Brazil in London | Gallery 32 When: 9 to 29 September Time: 10am to 6pm

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The margins of the River Thames, never far from the centre of London’s biggest happenings, are about to get busier than ever during the month of September. The Totally Thames Festival will bring 150 events to the banks of the river over the course of the month, all in honour of one of the world’s most famous rivers, and its special relationship with Londoners. Art installations, such as the piece Floating Dreams (photo), from artist Ik-Joong Kang, expositions, photography projections and live performances are all part of the programme, as well as boat trips, sailboat shows, kayak racing, stand-up paddling…

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The Shakespeare exhibition was in Brazil between February and March, as an opening event for a project from the Brazilian British Centre – “Shakespeare lives”. The project is part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death, and has now come to London, in the Brazil Room of the Embassy of Brazil in London. The exhibition is the work of artist Ellie Kurttz, a Brazilian ex-pat living in London for the past 20 years. One of her most significant pieces of work has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the UK’s biggest and most important…

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Beyond The Image is to showcase a project by Brazilian photographers Juliane Fuganti and Marcelo Conrado. The two artists have quite distinct creative processes, which nevertheless produce inspirational results. Juliane starts with Brazilian landscapes, then adds features, using prints, etchings and plenty of her own creativity, along with watercolours, resulting in utterly unique yet irreverent works. Marcelo, meanwhile, starts with pictures he acquires from image libraries, making sure not to infringe any copyrights. Once he has chosen his photo, he superimposes anonymous phrases or proverbs taken from street graffiti, or powerful phrases he has seen on Instagram. …

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Brazilian photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano, renowned for their exceptional photographic portfolio, share their view of reality in the favelas (shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro, in an exhibition of impactful moving images. The photographs capture moments of life in urban Brazil amidst the backdrop of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) and are often on show at the Observatório de Favelas, in Maré, Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition is free and is on show at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, in London. Date: Until 18 September Where: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ More…

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Brazil was represented at the World Press Photo 2016, thanks to Brazilian photographer Maurício Lima, who was featured two times, finishing in first place for the category “General News” and runner up in the category “Daily Life” The competition is one of the most prized awards in photo-journalism and each year receives entries from all over the world. Maurício Lima, who has constructed a successful career as a photographer, has works regularly published in the New York Times and other important media. He has also amassed several awards, including Photographer of the Year (2015) voted by “Pictures of the Year…

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Mario Cravo Neto, one of the most influential Brazilian photographers, currently has his first solo exhibition in the UK on show at Rivington Place, the famous art gallery in Shoreditch The artist, from Bahia, felt so inspired by the cultural riches of his own city that he decided to tell, through photography, the story of Candomblé in Brazil, recounting the entire historical context surrounding the appearance of the religion in Brazil, brought over from Africa during the slave movement. Candomblé is still discriminated against in Brazil, as a result of Portuguese efforts to put stamp out traditional African religions in…

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