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Ambassadors A: Araquém Alcântara

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Araquém AlcântaraMy first encounter with Araquém Alcantara was during a lunch tinted with a bottle of Chilean red wine. And the usages of the family gatherings of my childhood I was taken by a poetic narrative, exciting and full of life, from the heart of one of the photographers, the Brazilian nature, most prominent in recent times. Listening his stories filled with passion for the Amazon, his great muse, see the marks on the face of those who have walked enough inland and felt the pulse of life in a region simply magnificent, they were impressions difficult of to take out of my mind in the days following.

For this reason, and curious to know more about this personality so interesting is that we enter in a series of talks later that gravitated to an inevitable conclusion: invite Araquém Alcantara to be Ambassador of the I-VBA. The trajectory of Araquém totally reflects what we seek when we talk about people with a decidedly different mind. His view of our surroundings and the way that we need take care with a so rich heritage as the Amazon is, without doubt that this are great contents to be released in conjunction with the I-VBA in favor of building a society more plentiful, who take cares of their more intrinsic values as is the land on which it dwells.

In the I-VBA are very grateful of to count with the participation of Araquém Alcantara, who is doubtless an Ambassador of "broad and keen eye lens", whose contribution to the Institute will be of great value. Welcome Araquém Alcantara, "The Collector of Worlds".

Araquém Alcântara, 60 years old, journalist, photographer, professor and editor, is considered by the critics as a forerunner of nature photography in Brazil and one of the most important photographers active in this country. Since 1970, he has been working full-time on the documentation of nature and the Brazilian people. His work has garnered international acclaim, and is currently a national hallmark and source of inspiration for new photographers.

His vast production includes 42 books on environmental themes, 22 books as a co-author, 5 international awards, 33 national awards and 75 solo shows, as well as countless essays and reports for newspapers and magazines in Brazil and abroad. The first photographer to have documented all Brazil’s national parks, he was also the first Brazilian photographer ever commissioned to produce a special edition for the National Geographic Society, entitled “Bichos do Brasil” [Animals of Brazil], in 2005.

His most notable awards include UNICEF’s Presence of the Child in the Americas Award, Colombia, in 1981; the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Artes-APCA Award, for the exhibition Saudade Moderna, at the re-inauguration of the Pinacoteca do Estado, in 1986; the Acquisition Prize of the MASP Pirelli Collection, in 1996; the Von Martius Prize of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce, in the nature category, in 2002; the Jabuti Prize for the book Amazônia, in the architecture and urbanism, photography, communication and arts category, in 2006; the Dorothy Stang Humanity, Technology and Nature Prize – in the humanity category, in 2007; the Fernando Pini Prize for the best art book of the year, for the work Mar de Dentro [The Inland Sea], in 2007; and the Abril Journalism Prize in the years 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.

Alcântara’s photos have been included in the collections of various museums and galleries, including the Coffee Museum, in Kobe, Japan; the Georges Pompidou Cultural Centre in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) and the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) in São Paulo. In 2001, he was chosen by the British Museum, in London, to produce the cover for the book "Unknown Amazon", which accompanied a large ethnographic exhibition about Amazonia. Araquém Alcântara is the author of "Terra Brasil", Brazil’s best-selling photography book. Now in its 12th edition, the work has sold more than 80 thousand copies.

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Juan Manuel Valladares

Presidente Executivo
Instituto I-VBA