Born in 1921, José Medeiros would go on to become a significant figure in Brazilian photojournalism and cinema. He is most well know for his work shot between 1940-1950. He had the drive of a journalist but the photographic skill of an artist, leading to some astounding series. Of which, my favorite is his Rio de Janeiro series.
These photographs, taken mostly during the 40s, capture the glamorous lifestyle of the South side of the city of Rio before the transference of the capital to Brasilia. At the time, Rio was the center of politics and culture. Music, arts, literature and nightlife defined this era that held Copacabana as its hub. This certainly isn't his most socially significant work, as he has documented some of Brazil's indigenous cultures and religions, but the nostalgia these images invoke is noteworthy.
Medeiros passed away in 1990; the entirety of his work is held at the Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS). The collections holds about 20,000 negatives. He also has photographs displayed in different museums around the world.
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