Miguel Rio Branco (born 11 December 1946) is a Brazilian photographer, painter, and filmmaker (director and cinematographer). His work has focused on Brazil and included photojournalism, and social and political criticism. Rio Branco is an Associate Member of Magnum Photos
. His photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art
and Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York.
Rio Branco was born in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. His parents were diplomats and he spent his childhood in Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil and the United States. In 1976 he moved to New York City, where he earned a BA, and took a one-month vocational course at the New York Institute of Photography. In 1978, he moved to Rio de Janeiro and studied at the Industrial Design College.
He has been an Associate Member of Magnum Photos
since 1980. He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio Branco's Silent Book
(1997) is included in Parr
and Badger's The Photobook: A History, Volume II
Miguel Rio Branco (born in Las Palmas in 1946) is a Brazilian artist (photographer, painter, filmmaker and creator of multimedia installations) living and working in Rio de Janeiro. In 1966 he studied at the New York Institute of Photography and in 1968 he left to study at the School of Industrial Design in Rio de Janeiro. Between 1970 and 1972, he worked in New York as a director and cinematographer, and in the following years directed several experimental feature and short films. At the same time, he began exhibiting his photographs in 1972.
From 1980 he became a correspondent for Magnum Photos and his photographic work was published in numerous magazines (Aperture, Stern, Photo Magazine). Considering the book as an essential medium of expression, he conceived many books including Sudor Dulce Amargo
(Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico City, 1985), Natka
(Fundação Cultural de Curitib, 1996), Silent Book
(Cosac & Naify, 1997), Miguel Rio Branco
(Aperture, 1998) and Maldicidade
His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Beauty, the Beast
at the Art Institute of Boston in 2003; Plaisir de la douleur
at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris in 2005; Solo
at Kulturhuset Stockholm in 2011; Miguel Rio Branco: Nada Levarei quando morrer
at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in 2017 and Miguel Rio Branco at the Moreira Salles Institute in São Paulo in 2020.
His works can be found in many European and American public and private collections, including: Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
; Museu de Arte de São Paulo
; Centre Georges Pompidou
, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
; Stedelijk Museum
, Amsterdam; Museum of Photographic Arts
, San Diego; MoMA, New York.
Source: LE BAL