Bahia and Africa Through the Lenses of Verger
On view September 13 - October 27, 2017
OAS F Street Gallery
1889 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20006
By appointment only, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm
Please call 202-370-0151
Opening reception Wednesday, September 13 from 6-8pm
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Pierre Verger was a 20th century photographer and a scholar of Afro-Brazilian culture. Although he photographed celebrities such as Hemingway, Diego Rivera or Walt Disney, the heart of his work was the everyday lives of common people. Regarded by some as a humanist photographer, Verger was among the few representatives of Latin America at Edward Steichen’s historic Family of Man exhibition. When Verger arrived in Bahia, Brazil, he fell in love with the city and its residents, photographing images of popular culture. Between the 1950s and the late 1970s he spent almost as much time in Africa as in Bahia, where he was given the name Fatumbi after having been initiated in the Ifá religion.
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