This weeks Limited Edition post is brought to you by Galeria FASS’s director Pablo Di Giulio. He provides a history of modern Brazilian photography and the context for photographer German Lorca’s beautiful works. Enjoy!
This month several exhibitions are being held in São Paulo that are dedicated to photography. MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) is hosting May Photography and Itaú’s Collection of Brazilian Photography is being shown at Instituto Tomie Ohtake.
We can start looking at Brazilian photographic production in the context of what is now being shown at the aforementioned exhibitions. These shows focus on the 1940s, the decade considered to be the core of Brazilian modern photography. From this decade emerged a group of photographers who created the Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante, in São Paulo.
This photoclub was formed by amateurs and photographers who had privileged access to what was being done within the realms of photography in Europe and the United States at the time. They were well versed in the abstractionism and experimentalism in vogue during the 1940s.
German Lorca, alongside Thomas Farkas, Geraldo de Barros, José Yalenti and José Oiticica Filho were members of this group whose main goal was to legitimize photography as an art form. In 1965, The Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante was able to get a room specifically dedicated to photography at São Paulo’s VIII Biennial. It was the beginning of photography being taken seriously as an artistic language and being appreciated by critics, museums and art galleries.
German Lorca’s estate and contemporary work has been represented by FASS since 2012. What is amazing about this 90 year old man is his dedication to photography throughout his lifetime. Almost unconsciously and instinctively he has managed to always do something modern, and created photos that are considered very representative of the canon of Brazilian modern photography.
He has worked extensively with advertising and commissioned campaigns; one of the few members of the club who worked as a professional photographer. Although Lorca is a successful commercial photographer his experimental work remains unique including multiple exposures of the negative, overlapping images, as well as the exploration of geometric abstractions and high-contrasts.
Lorca has had many group and solo exhibitions throughout his career including a major retrospective at the São Paulo’s Museu de Arte Moderna in 2012 titled German Lorca Fotografias. His work is also included in important collections such as MASP, MAM-SP, Coleção Porto Seguro de Fotografia and Cisneiros Fontanals Art Foundation.
Pablo Di Giulio
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