The president Juscelino Kubitschek during the inauguration of Brasília, DF. Brazil

Thomas Farkas1960-04-21

 Instituto Moreira Salles

Instituto Moreira Salles
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Through a partnership with the artist himself, the IMS took on the protection and preservation of the photographic works of Thomaz Farkas, comprising over 34,000 images that range from 1940-1990. A multifaceted figure who also made a profound mark on the Brazilian cultural scene as a businessman – at the head of Fotoptica, the company inherited from his father – and a man of cinema, Farkas composed a vast photographical oeuvre with a strong authorial voice that would be appreciated as a whole only late in his life, in the 1990s.
Farkas’ main influence at the time was the American movement of direct photography, represented by such figures as Paul Strand (1890-1976), Ansel Adams (1902-1984), and Edward Weston (1886-1964), with whom Farkas came to correspond. His main subject in the 1940s was the city of São Paulo as it underwent an accelerated process of modernization; he tackled it in search of new and unexpected compositions, presaging the constructivist art of the next decade with his geometric abstractionism. At the same time, he tried out surrealist images.


  • Title: The president Juscelino Kubitschek during the inauguration of Brasília, DF. Brazil
  • Creator: Farkas, Thomaz
  • Date: 1960-04-21
  • Location Created: Brasília, Brazil
  • Physical Dimensions: w3,6 x h2,4 cm (primary support)
  • Provenance: Instituto Moreira Salles
  • Type: Photography
  • Rights: Thomaz Farkas / Instituto Moreira Salles
  • External Link: http://www.ims.com.br

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