We didn’t want to wait the holiday to get on a trip. And we didn’t find better than Joaquim Paiva’s Souvenirs de Brasilia show, at Maison Européenne de la Photographie.


©Joaquim Paiva

Joaquim Paiva is a Brazilian photographer born in 1946. As a lifelong photography enthusiast, he was a collector before really getting into this way. Brasilia became the center of his work at the period it became Brazil’s new capital city, in 1960. Joaquim Paiva never had to chose between photography and his career as a diplomat, as he made use of his various trips to combine both activities.


©Joaquim Paiva


©Joaquim Paiva

It’s in the middle of a very present, modern architecture designed by Oscar Niemeyer that the photographer chose to focus on Brasilia’s inhabitants, particularly those from Nucleo Bandeirante, the temporary suburb created for putting country dwellers up as they were installing in town to find jobs.


©Joaquim Paiva

Joaquim Paiva’s snapshots are full of colors, following Brazilian population’s ethnical diversity. Lights are sunny and the atmospheres reflect a reality that is sometimes forgotten nowadays.

Useful informations : Maison Européenne de la Photographie, open from wednesday to sunday from 11am to 7.30pm. Souvenir de Brasilia, Instantanés show, from june 15 to august 28, 2016.