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Claudio Edinger

Claudio Edinger

Brazil - 1952

Claudio Edinger is a Brazilian photographer born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1952. In the 1950’s, a young Edinger moved with his family to São Paulo, where he later earned a degree in Economics from Mackenzie University (1974). In the 1970’s, the artist began to explore photography and presented his first solo exhibition, Edifício Martinelli, at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP, 1975).

In 1976 Edinger moved to New York City where he lived for the next twenty years. He dedicates himself to documentary and journalistic photography and works as a freelancer for major news publications both in Brazil and internationally (O Estado De S. Paulo, Folha de S. Paulo, Time, Newsweek, Life and Rolling Stone).

In 1977 the artist took classes with photographer Philippe Halsman, a specialist in portraits. He exhibits his solo art show “Judeus Ortodoxos” in New York in 1978. From 1979 to 1994, Edinger taught at the New School for Research and the International Center of Photography.

During his 20 years abroad, Edinger published 11 books including Chelsea Hotel (1983) and Venice Beach (1985), both winners of the Leica Medal of Excellence award. He also received the Ernst Haas award in 1990 for his “Loucura” project, which portrayed mentally ill patients from Brazil.

In 1993, Edinger documented and in turn published a book about Carnaval in Brazil. Soon after, Edinger returns to Brazil and lives in São Paulo, continuing to exhibit his work both in his native country and throughout the globe.


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