15 August 2006

Andre Cypriano

All three images © Andre Cypriano

I've just discovered the web page for Brazilian photographer Andre Cypriano. He has produced photo-essays on shantytowns in Brazil and Venezuala that are both stunning in aesthetic terms and extremely powerful as social comment. I lifted these examples of his work from various sources on the internet but really recommend his web page which has much larger and higher
resolution images.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see social commentary, as you do, because the images are taken from a distanced, and alienating angle. The shot of girl looks as though she is insincerely posing in front of the shanty town like a detached tourist.

16 August, 2006 20:36  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Anon: My take is that the girl is displaying a bit of attitude in the face of a privileged visitor. I also think the pictures of literally miles and miles of barrio (these images do not entirely capture that dimension) really put the quesiton to us (we privileged ones) about the sheer mass of humanity who are living in such conditions, not "temporarily" as in a refugee camp but more or pess "permanently" (again, even if the existence there is precarious in the sense that the shanytowns might be overrun by development some time).

17 August, 2006 09:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim, as far as you know, has anyone done a study on trying to understand the relationship between the angle of the photo and the emotional reaction it facilitates, given the same content? I think there is some literature on this subject regarding moving images, and the reaction an audience gets vis a vis the narrative context. But I wonder if someone has studied the effect of angles on still shots, and more specifically, the effect of angles on photojournalism.

17 August, 2006 16:26  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

I have read passing comments on this issue but cannot recalal and extended discussion. That doesn't mean there are none, of course. But it is interesting to compare the shots here of teh shantytowns witht he one in my earlier post re: refugess in Chad (notice that the angle is the same). On the other hand some of Cypriano's images in the same series take the opposite angle and are looking upwards!

18 August, 2006 14:12  

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