Hikaru Nagatake “Wonder Rio— Photographs of Brazil”

Konica Minolta Plaza

poster for Hikaru Nagatake “Wonder Rio— Photographs of Brazil”

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This exhibition offers a look at the vibrant, real face of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This city is another world where surprise and wonder converge. It juxtaposes white sand beaches with office buildings, mansions with slums, and a mix of people with different hair and skin colors who share cheerful and humorous personalities. With a population reaching almost seven million, this expanding mega-metropolis is seeing a rise in both its slums and middleclass population.

Photographer Hikaru Nagatake captures the energy of the regular people of Rio, who have had their spirits boosted by the World Cup and Olympics coming to their country. In addition to introducing the city’s charm, these pictures also show children living in twelve of its approximately 800 slum areas, known as favela, which are said to be home to roughly one fifth of the city’s population. Nagatake led the not-for-profit “Wonder Eyes” project, which with the cooperation of local organizations, conducted photography workshops for some 180 children living in Rio’s slumps. A selection of these works offers a rare close-up look at everyday life in the slums. Nagatake spent 2012–2013 taking intimate photographs of Rio’s middleclass families, and released the photobook “Friends of the World— Brazil” (published by Kaiseisha) in December 2012. A number of photos from this series are also on display.



from May 09, 2014 to May 19, 2014


Hikaru Nagatake



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