Among the exhibitions dedicated to Brazil this season at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the monumental work of Franco-Brazilian photographer, Marcel Gautherot, is one that must not be missed.

Born in Paris in 1910 and trained as an interior designer, Gautherot landed in Brazil at the age of 29 years. Marcel Gautherot spent his life ceaselessly documented the length and breadth of Brazil, with over 21,000 black and white negatives and 3,000 colour slides and negatives to his credit. This important work remained largely unknown to the public up until his death in 1996, when his family transferred the entire ensemble of his photographs to the Instituto Moreira Salles in Brazil.

Marcel Gautherot at Maison Europeenne de la Photographie | Urban Mishmash
Congresso, Nacional
Brasília, Distrito Federal, c. 1960
Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles © Marcel Gautherot

Titled “Brésil: Tradition, Invention“, the exhibition currently on view at Maison Européenne de la Photographie is the first retrospective of Gautherot’s work outside of Brazil. The result: his splendid photographs, all beautifully framed, bear witness to the different cultural facets of Brazil, from the immensity of its Amazon forests to the architecture of Brasilia. A must visit!

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