Bruno Scharfstein

(this page was last updated in August 2021)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1953.
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

PIPA 2021 nominee.

I discovered photography at the age of 15, in 1968, a troubled period in the political history of Brazil. Photography gave me a mixture of identity and freedom. I finally liked something, and there was no political risk, at least in my photos. Today, 50 years later, I consider my work as intuitive, I make images and videos, and file them in temporary folders. If the idea takes shape, the folder gains a title. If it has density, becomes a book. My personal history is inseparable from the images I’m drawn to. I grew up in an emotionally unstable home, as a child of holocaust survivors. I accepted instability as normality. Perhaps this is why my aesthetic seeks restlessness, elements of randomness, that thrust me to elaborate visually on the missing piece of a puzzle.


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