MIGUEL RIO BRANCO
Miguel Rio Branco’s work cuts across the worlds of cinema, photography, photojournalism, and social and political criticism. His work focuses on life on the periphery, taking direct, often graphic photographs of the fringes of Brazilian society, exploring themes of brutality, prostitution and violence. Referencing genre scenes and western art history, he is known for his use of intense color and tension between light and shadow, tightly edited images, unfolding drama, and the richness and complexity of his subject matter, as well as the perceived darkness of his installations, films and photographic work.
Miguel Rio Branco lives and works in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His photographs and films are included in such esteemed collections as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. His photography has been awarded the 1980 Great Prize of the First Triennale of Photography of the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil, and the 1982 Kodak de la Critique Photographique Award, Paris. He has had numerous one-person and group shows internationally, including When I Die I Will Take Nothing, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Miguel Rio Branco: Gritos Surdos, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015), the 34th Panorama of Brazilian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Made in Brazil, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); Out of Nowhere, a retrospective survey with nine installations, Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands (2006); and Dislecsia, Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands (2006). His work is on permanent disply in the Miguel Rio Branco Pavilion at the Insituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil. Rio Branco has been a correspondent for Magnum since 1980 and his work has been published in magazines such as Aperture, National Geographic and Photo Magazine.