Multiple award-winning Brazilian photographer Gustavo Minas makes discoveries where everything seems to be known already. On the streets of Brazil, the Master of Light and Ahadows subtly turns his gaze on the everyday and the unspectacular and creates a new world with his visual language.
Gustavo Minas studied photography with Carlos Moreira, a classic street photographer from São Paulo. Moreira introduced him to the work of Harry Gruyaert and Gueorgui Pinkhassov. “I wanted this light and these colors for myself, so I hunted for them in the streets of São Paulo, in my home town of Cássia and recently in Brasilia, where I moved to in 2014. Over the years I became more and more obsessed and passionate.
The city fascinated me every day like a new girlfriend. I had no preconceived ideas. I was interested in everything from garbage cans to all the sleepy people riding the bus to their offices. In a certain light, nothing looked normal. I have been to places I would never have come to if I did not take photographs. Strolling with an empty mind has taught me the joy of seeing.”
GUSTAVO MINAS was born in 1981 in Cássia, Brazil. He studied journalism at the University of Londrina and photography with Carlos Moreira. Since 2009, he has been photographing everyday life in the cities where he lives. He is now working as a journalist and freelance photographer. In 2017, his work "Bus Station" won the POY Latam Prize in the category "Future of the Cities". In the same year, Gustavo had the honor of being included in a collection of "100 Great Street Photographs" curated by David Gibson. www.gustavominas.com
Exhibition : Gustavo Minas MAXIMUM SHADOW MINIMAL LIGHT
FREELENS Gallery, Alter Steinweg 15, 20459 Hamburg
23 May thru 8 August, 2019, Opening on 23 May at 7pm with Gustavo Minas attending
MAXIMUM SHADOW MINIMAL LIGHT - Gustavo Minas
17 x 23.5 cm, 192 pages, 95 photos
English, Portuguese, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-903101-47-0, EUR 49.90