Canto do Brazil

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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.

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4 Responses to Canto do Brazil

  1. Fredda Ruth says:

    wow, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful website. Incredible pictures and insightful narration accompanying the gallery.
    I’m from the Philippines and it’s great to see a culture very similar to ours, as evident in the Sao Joaquim market, the narrow, chaotic cities and the spiritual festivities. You can see the photographer’s respect for these exuberant and remarkable people, he captures their flaws as well as their beauty.^^+

  2. Bibi says:

    Yes Fredda… I love that site too. I’m a bit tired of just see the nature or the very poor people associated to images of Brazil. When I saw his pictures I knew that I had to post it.
    It’s great to see that other people like it too. And thanks for the visit Fredda! 🙂

  3. Pod says:

    Hey, I saw this at screenhead today!

  4. Bibi says:

    As you can see pod, I posted before. It’s a great link: nice pictures, with a cultural point of view and respect to the people photographed.

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