Canto do Brazil: great hyper saturated shots of Brazil by Geoffrey Hiller. The picture galleries are divided by State – Bahia, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (where I live) – each one with three issues with a brief audio introduction about it.
Returning to Brazil after 25 years I was captivated once again by the charm and beauty of the country. No doubt the Brazilians are photogenic subjects, but it goes deeper than the image. Compared to the paranoia of people I’ve wanted to photograph on American streets, Brazil is absolutely refreshing.
Another way of being exists in Latin America, and Brazil’s own national psyche is distinctive. It’s a country of street poets, where taxi drivers and housewives wax philosophical about the meaning of life. It can be a brutal place, but beautiful too.
The image so often found in these photographs, of faces so wide open, is that of tolerance. Despite the incredible diversity in Brazil, acceptance is part of the language, both the one spoken and that of the body.