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Photographic Works 1968-1992.

Photographs by Miguel Rio Branco. Text by Jean Pierre Criqui.
Le Bal & Toluca Editions/Editorial RM, 2020. In French / English. 120 pp., 97 illustrations, 7½x10¼".

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This book presents the photographic work of the early years of Brazilian artist Miguel Rio Branco, from his black-and-white beginnings in New York in 1970, to his color work carried out in Brazil, particularly in Salvador de Bahia, to images of Mexico in the 80s. The book displays a set of 97 color and black and white images on 120 pages and is accompanied by an unpublished text, the knife on the ground, by Jean-Pierre Criqui, curator in the service of the contemporary collections of the national museum of modern art in Paris.

'The photographs of Miguel Rio Branco (who is also a painter, and was so before becoming a photographer) offer us a vast catalog of materials, assembled with an eye sensitive to the aesthetic transmutation of the most humble or the most vile motifs. We think here of Baudelaire and his evocation of the ragpicker in Les Paradis artificiels: 'Everything that the great city has cast off, everything it lost, everything it disdained, everything it broke, he catalogues and collects.' He compiles the archives of debauchery, the mess of rejects. Excess is what characterizes the material here - hence this asphyxiation of which Miguel Rio Branco spoke about photography: excess of life which is agitated in all directions, and of death at work which forms the inseparable opposite.' — Jean-Pierre Criqui, 'The knife on the ground' (Extract)

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