Rio Branco, a photographer and experimental filmmaker, has been a correspondent for the Magnum photo agency since 1980. Best known for his lush images of contemporary Latin American life, he uses color with extraordinary sensuality and expressive refinement. The caramel tones and subdued light in this photograph of the seamy underside of a tapestry evoke the gravitas of Old Master paintings, while the title and the figure's obscured features create a potent sense of mystery, an intimation of secrets that lie just below the surface.
the artist; [D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York City]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Surface Tension," September 15, 2009–March 15, 2010.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Now You See It: Photography and Concealment," March 31, 2014–September 1, 2014.