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Brazilian Modernist Photography and the Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante, 1946-1964

by Sarah Hermanson Meister
Publication Date: 28/05/2021
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Now more than 175 years after photography's invention, it is rare to discover a significant chapter of its history that is essentially unknown to European and North American audiences.

Sao Paulo's Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante (FCCB) is widely heralded in Brazil, but almost invisible to photography enthusiasts elsewhere. Historically their achievements were well known to the international circuit of salons in which they participated, including Otto Steinert and his fellow "Subjective" photographers in Germany and the Societe Francaise de la Photographie in Paris. Nonetheless, to date not a single American institution owns vintage photographs by anyone other than Geraldo de Barros.

Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this publication assembles a robust selection of photographs to introduce the FCCB's ground-breaking photographic experiments to a wider audience. Six thematic chapters highlight individual achievements as well as the breadth of the club's membership, transforming the history of photography as we know it and connecting with contemporary Brazilian painting and Sao Paulo's then-newly-formed museums of modern art. This is the first non-Portuguese language publication to grapple with these photographs.

Photographs: collections
Publication Date:
Museum of Modern Art
Country of origin:
United States
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Sarah Hermanson Meister

Sarah Hermanson Meister is Curator in the Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent exhibitions include Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures (2020), Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (2017, with Starr Figura), and One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (2016). Her recent publications include Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album(2019), Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother (2018), Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967 (2017), and she was co-editor of and contributing author to the three-volume series Photography at MoMA (2015-2017). She is co-director of the August Sander Project (a five-year research initiative with Columbia University), and lead instructor for the online course Seeing Through Photographs on Coursera.

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