Valdir Zwetsch

Valdir Zwetsch, born in Santa Maria - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, graduated as a journalist and began in 1968 as an intern for the Folha da Tarde newspaper in Porto Alegre. The following year he moved to São Paulo and worked in several press agencies: Cruzeiro, Jornal da Tarde, Zero Hora, Realidade, Pop, Veja, Playboy, among others.

The first of his trips to the Xingu reserve in the Amazon was in January 1972, accompaning the Villas Boas brothers, indigenists in the service of FUNAI (National Indigenous People Foundation), for initial contact with the Kreñakãrore indians, who were still isolated in the jungle. The title of the article published in the magazine O Cruzeiro was "Os índios gigantes da Amazonia", motivated by the nickname that the natives had in the region. In the following two years, in 1972 and 1973, he returned to the region for Realidade magazine with the mission to photograph and report the indians in their daily life and during important collective rituals like a Kuarup (a feast in honor of the dead), a Yamurikuma (women's party), fishing with timbó (an herb that numbs the fish and facilitates their capture) and a Mani (rite of passage in which ears of the male adolescents are pierced). At the turn of the 1970s to the 1980s he moved to television journalism and worked on some of the country's major television networks: Rede Globo, TV Cultura, Rede Bandeirantes, Rede Record. He is currently, for the second time, editor-in-chief of Jornal da Band.

At the end of 2010, Valdir published some of his images in the magazine s/nº, edited by the photographer Bob Wolfenson and the graphic artist Helio Hara.