Photographs by Mario Cravo Neto.
Rio de Janeiro,
184 pp., 141 color illustrations, 19½x14".
Neto's most recent work is essentially a celebration of life-life that embraces the vibrant sensuality of the physical but never neglects to pay homage to, and even search longingly for, the presence of the spiritual. The word laroye is a Yoruba greeting to the god Esu, invoking his presence and powers. Neto's native city of Salvador is one of Brazil's largest urban centers and home to the Yoruba candomble, a religious practice of the African diaspora in Brazil. It is the perfect backdrop for his photographic sensitivities to color and human activity. In his acknowledgements, Neto thanks "all friends of the Axe Opo Aganju, for their friendship, patience and trust in the invisible dimension that makes the artist's work sublime." A perfect summation for his approach to life.
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