Feature Photographer: Moskow's Controversial Photography


Written by James Ratcliffe
13 Friday 13th December 2013

Brazilian photographer Moskow caught our attention with his recent series that encompasses symbolic imagery that depicts everything that is wrong with consumer society, like racial prejudice and banning free expression. Don't Panic has sourced some exclusive words from the artist behind this striking photographic journey.

"The Government doesn’t talk, is not compatible with the people. Uses of public safety, it's armed wing, containing excessive violent manifestations, that have taken place since June, when the Brazilian people came out to the streets in protest against corruption, impunity and disregard of public authorities. From that in surges a group that puts on the front line to protect the demonstrators. The group Black Bloc was the starting point for my research and field work in the streets during the demonstrations that began in June and met initially one million people, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The women in my photography were chosen to symbolise the mother, the nature, the principle. I believe that only rediscovering nature will bring new perspectives to a consumer society that is broken. The naked woman presents her breasts, where our main and first food comes from. The vagina, the means by which we are born to face life. Nudity has yet another value in the test, which is bare of prejudice, dogma, tenets, beliefs, all that holds us to addictions of cohabitation as disastrous. The proposal to expose us, assign, give out completely new expectations. The face covered is another protest, against the decision of the despicable public authorities in banning the free expression by the use of masks during demonstrations.

The main function of this photography is to contribute to the awareness about the moment that we are living, in a country that is allied to recent technologies of dissemination of information. The independent documentary photography has the key role in support of the ideals that emerge from the streets." - Moskow Estúdio


About Moskow

Photographer, artistically known as “Moskow”, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 1st, 1971.

In his only 13 years of experience, he has already worked for several international publications, such as The New York Times and International Herald Tribune (USA); Leros Magazine and The Guardian (England); Rondo and Focus Magazine (Germany). In Brazil, major periodicals have also published his photos: Veja, Época, IstoÉ, Rolling Stone Brasil, Caras, and Contigo (magazines); O Globo, Jornal do Brasil, and Lance (newspapers).

He studied with photographer Walther Firmo, with whom he created a close bond of friendship, which led to professional exchanges. Over the years, Moskow has sought to develop copyrighted pieces without giving up journalism. He works in several areas: advertising, culture, daily life, politics, and sports, photographing leading Brazilian artists, politicians, and athletes.

Moskow is one of the Brazilian photographers who was most dedicated to covering the process for pacifying the slums of Rio de Janeiro, territories previously dominated by drug traffickers. His effort led to the book " A paz já tem seu lugar” (Peace has found its place, in a free translation), capturing images of the army and police raids which reflect the consequences of action on the local population.

He participated in the coverage of Brazil's Peace Mission in Haiti, as well as International Theatre and Cinema Festivals, among others events. He won Honourable Mention in the Santa Maria/RS Photography Contest, with the photo named "Opostos".

He also signs the following documentaries:
“Deus?” — work on faith developed between 2000 and 2002;
"Fuscas de Piri" — a photo essay on the Volkswagen beetle cars from Pirinópolis, city in the Brazilian central state of Goiás;
“Do lúdico ao lúcido”, which depicts the small circuses of Rio de Janeiro. This work brought about the homonymous exhibit held at Castelinho 38 gallery, in Santa Teresa (RJ).

Next week will we show you more of his work, including projects:
The Study in the Slums
The Recent Manifestation in the Streets

Action of the security forces in retaking territories occupied by drug dealers and gangsters 


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