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Geraldo de Barros was one of the pioneers of abstract photography in Brazil. His artistic practice encompassed a variety of media, from painting to graphic and industrial design. During the 1950s he travelled to Europe to complete his training in France and Germany and was one of the founders of ‘Ruptura’, the main concrete art group in São Paulo. De Barros exhibited his work widely within Brazil and abroad, and organised the photography section of the second São Paulo Biennial. The vintage prints displayed here reveal his interest in formal composition and abstraction as means to capture and isolate fragments of urban life.

May 2012