René Burri, ‘Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’, 1958, ILEX Gallery

Currently exhibited in the "Like A Samba" exhibition at Ilex Gallery - Rome

For the first time, works from three photographers - René Burri (1933-2014), David Alan Harvey (1944) and Francesco Zizola (1962) - come together for Like a Samba. A collection of photographs which express a sort of longing, a sort of love song, a sort of saudade. This collection of images looks at the beaches of Rio de Janeiro from the outside. Three foreigners, yes, a Swiss, an American, an Italian - but all three with a certain creed - have walked this beat for months, years and decades. And their Rio remains enigmatic.
Like the Girl from Ipanema, within reach, but not quite...

When she walks, she's like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle that
When she passes, each one she passes goes ah…

"But I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her, "I love you?"
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day, when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at me."

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Image rights: © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Like a Samba, ILEX Gallery @ 10b Photography, Rome, 2017

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