Dulce Sudor Amargo: Bittersweet Brazil
Miguel Rio Branco's series of vibrant photographs reveal scenes of beauty and flux in the everyday life of Brazil's coastal city of Salvador
In 1985, Miguel Rio Branco published Dulce Sudor Amargo, a book in which he drew a parallel between the sensual, vital side of Salvador da Bahia and the historical side of the city, which, at the time (1979) was inhabited by prostitutes and the fringe elements of society. It is an essay on life and death, on the scars left behind by time and by living. The photographer’s fascination for these places of strong contrast essentially resides in the power of the tropical colors and light, which he conveys by means of his pictorial sensibility.