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David William Foster

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036656

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036656.001.0001

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Downtown in São Paulo with Hildegard Rosenthal's Camera

Downtown in São Paulo with Hildegard Rosenthal's Camera

(p.55) 4 Downtown in São Paulo with Hildegard Rosenthal's Camera
São Paulo

David William Foster

University Press of Florida

Another near-forgotten woman's representation of São Paulo is that offered by photographer Hildegard Rosenthal. Arriving in Brazil in 1934 as a refugee from the Nazis (although she was not Jewish herself, she had married a Jew, Walter Rosenthal), she soon moved in important artistic circles and found herself persuaded to begin photographing her new home. During a span of only nine years, 1938–47, Rosenthal took thousands of images of São Paulo before abandoning her undertaking in order to raise a family. Records show that it was not until 1974 that her photography was first shown, at the Universidade de São Paulo. One of the best-known images created by Rosenthal is that of the camarão, the shrimp-colored tram that carried passengers in and out of the financial and commercial center of São Paulo. Most commentators have underscored her primary interest in photographing human beings in public spaces.

Keywords:   São Paulo, Hildegard Rosenthal, photography, Brazil, camarão, tram, public spaces, human beings

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