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The Amateur Photographers of Midcentury São Paulo (theparisreview.org)
61 points by tintinnabula 13 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

All the photos are real scenes but with unusual perspective or clever distortion. Except for the one[1] that looks like dominos laid out in rows. It turns out to be more of a pattern rather than a single scene. The photographer, "Geraldo de Barros is best known for his Fotoformas, a series of photographs that used multiple exposures, rotated images, and abstracted forms to capture a phenomenological experience of Brazil's exponential urbanization in the mid-twentieth century."[2]

[1] https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/...

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldo_de_Barros

Some beautiful shots in there. It's somewhat reminiscent of the work of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/265194)

nit: I feel we're far enough into the 21st century and photography has been around for long enough that it isn't completely clear what century is meant by 'midcentury'. I figured it'd be the 20th century, but it could have also been the 19th century.

In the arts, midcentury almost always refers to the 20th century. Just one of those terms. I imagine it’ll go away once we get past the 2050s.


Awesome shots. I have family in São Paulo but have never been. Circa mid-century some prior generations visited and had a blast, I have some photos of their visit. Recently a Brazilian told me that people from São Paulo were seen as sort of 'intelligentsia' / yuppies / champagne socialists or something by other Brazilians. It'd be great to visit if one spoke Portuguese. Closest opportunity for learning is Macau... hrmm... can't really get the enthusiasm vibe from the staff: http://fotoclub.art.br/diretoria/ .. some OK shots toward the end: http://fotoclub.art.br/historia/ ... interesting U2 vibe to their urbex edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_hl-sPhN38

thank you for putting links to art-icles on here!

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