|ROGERIO REIS: Biography
b. 1954, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rogério Reis was born in Brazil in 1954, studied at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and and graduated in journalism from the University Gama Filho in 1978. He first worked at Jornal do Brasil in 1977, when he began his career as a photographer. He is recognised as powerful photojournalist and was editor of Jornal do Brasil from 1991 to 1996. He is recognised equally as an innovative and engaging conceptual artist. He has worked for 15 years documenting the various facets of the street carnival in Rio de Janeiro. This photographic essay has resulted in several exhibitions as well as a book titled Carneval na Lona (Carnival on Canvas). He has had 35 solo exhibitions and has participated in 60 collective showings. Rogerio also lent his history and name to the character of the photographer/editor "Rogério Reis" in the noted film Cidade de Deus (City of God) by Fernando Meirelles (2002). He is the sole director of Tyba Photographic Agency which he co-founded in 1989 with his colleaugues, Claus Meyer and Ricardo Azoury.
His major works deal with urban issues. They are: Nobody's Nobodies (2011-2014), Field Line (2010), Paper Plane (2009), Brazil Av 500 (2009), Red Pillows (2006), Microwave (2004), On Canvas (1986-2002) and Surfistas de Trem (Train Surfers) (1988). In 1999 he received the National Prize of Photography from FUNARTE in his home country of Brazil and his work is now present in the following permanent collections: Rio Museum of Art, Rio de Janeiro, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, The Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil.
His is essays were published in Lens (The New York Times), LightBox (Time Magazine), The Guardian, Lens Culture, Courrier International Magazine, Gup Magazine, Piauí Magazine, Connaissances des Arts, Newsweek, GEO Magazine, L’Insensé, among others.
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