Walter Firmo: a master of the colours.
As a brazilian photographer, Firmo started to work at newspapers, like most of the professionals.
but one of his true passions was the artistic documentation of different folkloric and cultural manifestations along the national territory, being one of the first to bring vibration and notoriousity to them.
His photos, however, are simple, sensitive, beautiful, technically superior. they portrait common people, musicians, carnivals, seasonal fests, processions, but never leaving behind his colourist intentions, his brazilian delirium.
To firmo, the most important about photography is the connection it creates with the viewer, as a medium of expression. the image could represent a dream or a experience. can make the spectator deeply reflect about the reality in front of him.
Firmo's photographic work has the power to influence people, changing the status quo.
His explosions of colour, his simple compositions and sometimes oniric scenes had become some of the most iconic pictorial records of both Brazils: the well known and the secret one, the forgotten one.
through his lens, you can see Rio de Janeiro.
But will be equally stunned by a capture made somewhere in a lost piece of northeastern land, in a small could-be-any-poor town.
Firmo once said that Brazil is a photographic foundry. If it's true - and it is -, he is one of our most talented artisans.