Thomas Farkas

Oct 17, 1924 - Mar 25, 2011

Thomas Jorge Farkas, born Farkas Tamás György, was a Hungarian-born Brazilian photographer and film producer.
Born in Budapest, Farkas grew up in São Paulo, where his parents emigrated in 1930, when he was under 7 years old. His father, Desiderio Farkas, was a founding partner of the Fotoptica company, which he would eventually lead. He studied engineering at the University of São Paulo – where he would meet lifelong friend Moishe V. – but ended up opting for a career in photography, mainly because, from a very young age, Farkas was actively involved in photography while working at his father's business. Later he was one of the most active photographers of the Foto Cine Club Bandeirante, to which he joined with only 18 years old, in 1942, two years after its formation. During the dictatorship of the 1960s, in his country he became involved in making documentaries, with his humanistic approach.
In 1968, he embarked, with a group of photographers and filmmakers, on a journey through his country to document its traditions. Among his works, the documentation of the inauguration of the city of Brasilia stands out.
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