The good old days of film photography

This diptych was made with photos from 1988 taken on the highway reaching Cuiabá, the good old Brazilian Midwest.
I miss those well-lived times, but not necessarily of film photography…

The featured image is from the same trip to the Brazilian Midwest of the Cuiabá River.

Release of my first photobook called “RURAIS” (rural workers from Brazil)

RURAIS is a book of black and white photographs of rural workers in Brazil published by Editora Origin which was curated by Juan Esteves and an exceptional graphic design by Roberto Weigand.

The book features 98 photographs (148 pages – 25cm high x 23cm wide) of various rural workers from four Brazilian states in their work environments and was beautifully printed in full black + yellow Pantone off set system on Masterblank 270g/m2 paper (front of laminated cover) and the inside in Munken Lyns Rough 120g/m2 paper with a print run of 500 by Gráfica e Editora Ipsis in September 2021.

Several of the photographs are accompanied by original chronicles written by me as a narrative about rural life in Brazil that also reflect my experience in the various photo sessions with rural workers portrayed in the book throughout the interior of the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as my childhood and adolescence memories lived in a rural area in the state of São Paulo.

The book will be released at the Casa de Cultura Odisseia (Al. Ministro Rocha Azevedo, 463 SÃO PAULO, SP) on 10/23/2021 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, when some photographs of my project will also be exhibited till 11/17/2021. Book and photos will be for sale locally, as well as being purchased directly from me.

A release live will be held on the website of the Festival Hercule Florence coordinated by Ricardo Lima and with mine and the participation of Juan Esteves (book curator) on 10/21/2021 at 19:00 to be published in social media in the near future (facebook and instagram). ON THIS OCCASION WE WILL SELECT COPIES OF THE BOOK AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS.

Release of the photobook “RURAIS” and photo exhibition: An invitation

I invite my dear friends to the (in person) release of my book of photographs “RURAIS” (rural workers) which will take place on October 23, 2021 at the Casa de Cultura Odisséia, Al. Ministro Rocha Azevedo, 463 São Paulo (SP-Brazil) from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Photographs of the author will be exhibited from 10/23 to 11/17/2021 which, as the book, will be for sale at the site.

Rurais (Editora Origin) by Antonio Mozeto: “Very little is known or publicized about our vernacular culture for various reasons, but mainly due to its wide spectrum in front of an extensive and heterogeneous country, populated by different origins. We also inhabit a land full of stereotypes when dealing with our imagery, but paradoxically of immense richness when we delve into its details, as is the case with this book by Antonio Mozeto. As a good photographer and documentary photographer, he continues in search of what is auspicious, subverting with his great talent the current practice”. (Juan Esteves, curator)

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>>[children from the Amazon]<<

I consider myself privileged in life and for several reasons, one of them being that as a professor and researcher in the environmental area at the university, I had almost countless chances to travel and discover the Brazilian Amazon region for several decades.

The photos I share today are from a series I called “Children of the Amazon” and were taken on analog (color slides or negatives) several decades ago. But here they are: alive as never before.

I have many questions that fill my mind: where and how are these “children”? Will they still live in the same places? Were they married or not? How many children will they have had? Will they be happy people? For me I only have the memories of those happy days for me and those beautiful and happy children…

Giacomelli once again: ‘paesaggio-agricolo’ and ‘la buona terra’

Mario Giacomelli, born in Senigallia, Italy on 08/01/1925 and died in Senigallia on 11/25/2000, was a great Italian and world photographer, but he was also a typographer and painter.

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[new topographics of são paulo state, brasil]

I understand that these photos show the tremendous strength that the sugar and alcohol (ethanol) industry has in Brazil, especially in the interior of the state of São Paulo.

But – it seems to me that there is always a but or more than one – it is a type of industrial activity that, although it has improved a lot in terms of negative environmental impact in recent decades, still causes environmental impacts and many of them are still unknown and difficult to be properly evaluated.

But, in life, we often look at certain issues from the lyrical side and I want to focus my attention on this aspect of what I do and see these photos that I take, even though I can’t get rid of the memory of the aforementioned social and environmental impacts.

>>>country home>>>

[I want my country home with sheep, goats, horses and cows solemnly grazing in my yard; let it be neither small nor big, just the ideal size; that it contains a small lake ahead so I can see the reflection of the sun setting while sipping a good cachaça from an alembic; that contains my books, my records, my photographs and nothing else(*)]

(*) inspired by the lyrics and music of Jose Rodrigues Trindade and Luis Otavio De Melo Carvalho – “Casa no Campo” – and sung in the voice of Elis Regina.