Sebastião Salgado, author of memorable images that portrait the reality of labor, migrations, landless farmers and daily life in all continents, is one of the most accomplished Brazilian photographers. And one of the very few that really made it internationally.
In this 2005 event at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, he presents some of his best pictures and discusses the social and political role of photography. His interview, that takes a while to really take off, lasts 1h30 and is conducted by adjunct professor Ken Light and Photo Critic and Curator Fred Ritchin.
Settled by 2,000 Swiss immigrants in the northern mountains of the state of Rio, Nova Friburgo has a vague alpine feel that attracts tourists since the 19th century, as you can see in these pictures that belonged to Dom Pedro II, an avid photo collector. They were probably taken by Henschel and Benque, two “Imperial photographers”. You can see other images of this collection at the National Library website.
And, for the record: in the beginning of this year, very heavy rains killed several people in Nova Friburgo. The city is still recovering.