|MILTON MONTENEGRO: Biography
Brazilian, b. October 26, 1954, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Milton Montenegro, a self-taught photographer, was born in 1954 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he lives and work. He became interested in photography as a child, (when he won a Kapsa box camera as a birthday gift), and has been making images since he was six years old. Later he discovered the possibilities of photography as a language unto itself, during a stay in London. He began his professional career with an apprenticeship in a commercial photography agency. In 1980 he founded a state-of-the-art, professional studio with a partner, producing advertising campaigns for Coca Cola, Souza Cruz, Shell, Esso and others. He was a pioneer in the introduction of digital imaging in commercial photography in Brazil. In the mid-eighties, he pioneered digital photography techniques by taking part in the early stages of computer graphics.
Montenegro’s substantial and diversified body of art photography is exhibited in venues internationally such as The Photographer’s Gallery, London, Musee Francaise de la Photographie, Paris, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Museu de Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, VI Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Italy and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum de Arte de Sao Paulo, The Joaquim Paiva Collection, Rio de Janeiro, the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, Worcester Art Museum, Musee Francaise de la Photographie, Bièvres, Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia, Torino and others. His bibliography includes the monograph Camera Obscura, the cover of The Dutch version of A.L. Kennedy's All you Need, La Fotografia, Spain and UCLA's General Education catalogue for the College of Letters and Sciences, 2002-2003. His work is represented by Tepper Takayama Fine Arts.
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