Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce Retratos Pintados, an exhibition of vernacular hand-colored photographic portraits from Brazil, on view from Thursday, June 24, through Saturday, September 18, 2010
Since the late 19th century through the 1990s, hand-painted photographic portraits were a common feature in homes in the rural areas of the northeastern Brazilian states. At a time when black-and-white photographs were not considered dramatic enough, the retratos pintados (“painted portraits”) glamorized and idealized their subjects. Using oil washes and other techniques specific to the region, local artisans embellished the portraits, illustrating the fantasies and desires of their customers. Due to advances in technology, hand-painted photographs have become a rarity in the region, and this unique form of portrait-making is lost. For more information, please visit: http://www.yossimilo.com/exhibitions/2010_06-retr_pint/
Retratos Pintados, a book of 61 four-color plates of photographs with an introduction by Martin Parr and edited by Parr and Titus Riedl was published by Nazraeli Press in 2010 and is available at the gallery.
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