Geraldo de Barros, Sobras


Geraldo de Barros (1923-98) was a major figure in the post war Brazilian art scene. He was an inventive and experimental artist with a diverse practice that included painting, photography and design, as well as being one of the founding members of concrete art in Sao Paulo.

Following a series of strokes, de Barros returned to photography at the end of the 1990s. Revisiting his archive with the help of an assistant, he created collages from old family photographs, making his last and most personal series, Sobras (Remains).

The book Sobras is the first international publication devoted to this work, and sits somewhere between a historical tribute and an artists book. Vanessa Barbara, a young Brazilian writer, complements de Barros' last photographs with a quirky short story inspired by his striking world, in which pitch blacks contrast with the dazzling white snow of his winter memories. (Chose Commune) Click here for more books by Chose Commune