Orlando Brito dies at 72 in Brazilia

Photographer Orlando Brito died today (11) in Brasília from multiple organ failure. He had been hospitalized for a few weeks and underwent bowel surgery, but did not survive.

Brito died at dawn at the Taguatinga Regional Hospital (HRT), where he had been hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) for 34 days. The professional is one of the most recognized political photographers in Brazil, having recorded the backstage of power since the time of the military dictatorship.

Orlando Brito was born in february 8 1950 in Janaúba, Minas Gerais. He arrived in Brasília at the beginning of the construction of the city, in 1957. Among the themes of his work are also economy, social issues, land, indigenous people and sporting events. He has traveled to more than 60 countries covering presidential coverage, papal trips and sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Self-taught, he started to work as a laboratory technician at the Rio de Janeiro branch. Last hour at the age of 14 and took up photography two years later. Between 1968 and 1982 he worked at the newspaper The globe. Then he was hired by the Look, where he stayed for 16 years and held the photography editorship. He also worked on Brazilian newspaperin the river.

Brito has published photography books Power Profile (1982), Ladies and gentlemen (1992), Power, Glory and Solitude (2002), Illuminated Capital (2003) and Body and soul (2006).

He won the World Press Photo Prize, from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1979. He was awarded the Abril Photography Prize 11 times, including that of hors-concours. He received the distinguished Photography Scholarship from Fundação Vitae, in São Paulo, in 1991, in addition to the Acquisition prizes of the I Biennial of Photography at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and the International Photography Biennial of Curitiba.

There are photographs in the collection of institutional and private collectors. Among them are the Pirelli Collection, by Masp, the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Rio and São Paulo; the Moreira Salles Institute; the Visual Arts Encyclopedia of the Itaú Cultural Institute and the Georges Pompidou Museum, in Paris.

He has had several solo exhibitions, including an intense dream, at Masp, in addition to the Museum of the Republic, Palácio do Catete, in Rio, the National Theater of Brasília and other Brazilian capitals. At the headquarters of the Federation of Industries, in Belo Horizonte, as well as at the Caixa gallery, in Curitiba, he presented Photography is History.

Among the cities where he exhibited are also London, New York, Tokyo, Madrid, Lisbon, Basel, Buenos Aires and Mexico.

Translated to english by RJ983

From Brazil, by EBC News

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