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What kind of work or accomplishments have you done with your artwork? I've been doing photo journalism and documental photography.

I did some interesting work for the American Museum of Natural History and with the anthropologist Laila Williamson from the AMNH-NYC. We went to the Shavante Indian Reservation of Pimentel Barbosa-Mato Grosso do Sul-Brazil. These pictures are at the AMNH-NY;UN;UNICEF; Museum of Natural History-Finland (www.un.org/av/photo/brazil) and have been in many traveling exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.

Have you won any awards for your artwork? When I was an amateur I did. As a professional I haven't submitted my work into contests.

Why the interest in the specific area? I'm very found of minorities. I always try to connect my work to a social context. Besides,"my indians",as I use to refer to them,they are the real and first natives of my country. It is a way to preserve my brazilian roots.

How many years have you been pursuing art? I was 11 years old when I got my first camera, an "Olympus Trip 35", as a birthday gift from my father. Professionally it's been more or less 16 years.

What year were you born and where? I was born in June 29th,1959 in Curitiba City-Paraná State-South Brazil.

Do you do this full time, and if not, what else do you do? I photograph full time. I work for an Engineering Dept doing Technical Photography-"Gerenciare-Projects & Construction Management"-gerenciare@consultoria.net.

Has anyone been a particular inspiration to you in pursuing art? My father, who always loved to photograph everything and everybody. As a doctor, besides his regular clients, he also treated the country people; peasants and the poor at no charge. In return they used to give him rabbits, pigs, lacework shirts, etc.

What is your goal with your artwork? My goals are to help the world and it's minorities to have their space respected and their culture known and appreciated and make my living out of it, too. This way I can spend all my time connected to my work.

Did you ever have any formal training in art? Yes. I went to the New School of Social Research-NYC & Tish School of the Arts-NYC. Although my best training and visual improvement came from being a photographer's assistant for many great photographers, such as Michel Tcherevkoff in NYC, who gave me the real vision in making quality photographs.

What are the most compelling reasons to visit your site? To get to learn about the wonderful Indian Culture of Brazil and maybe get involved on helping to keep their culture alive.

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