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Walter Firmo

Walter Firmo

Brazil - 1937

(Rio de Janeiro RJ 1937).

Photographer, journalist and teacher. Autodidact, began his career as a photojournalist in the newspaper Última Hora in Rio de Janeiro in 1957. He then works in Jornal do Brasil and is a member of the first Realidade magazine team, which was launched in 1965. He won the Esso Reportage Prize in 1963, with the subject Cem Dias in the Amazon of Nobody.

As correspondent for Editora Bloch, in 1967, he remained for six months in New York. Since 1971, he has been working in advertising, especially for the music industry. At that time, known for his colorful photos and for portraying important singers of Brazilian popular music, he began research on folk festivals and national folklore. Between 1973 and 1982, he is awarded seven times at the Nikon International Photography Contest. He photographed for Veja and IstoÉ magazines and in the 1980s began to exhibit his works in galleries and museums. From 1986 to 1991, he is a director of the National Photography Institute of the National Art Foundation - Funarte.

In 1994, he taught in the journalism course at Cândido Mendes College, in Rio de Janeiro, and since then has coordinated workshops throughout Brazil. He won the Icatu Bank Arts Grant in 1998, with which he lives for half a year in Paris. In the late 1990s, he became photo editor for Caros Amigos magazine. Among his books are Walter Firmo - Photographic Anthology, 1989, Paris, Parada Sobre Imagens, 2001, Rio de Janeiro Colors and Feelings, 2002, and Firmo, 2005.

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Photo: https://www.guiadasartes.com.br/walter-firmo/obras-e-biografia

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