MADE IN USA: Luiz Carlos Felizardo


    Luiz Carlos Felizardo
    Photography was born from a sophisticated cross between art and science. It is interesting to recover this information in the middle of the 21st century because today, everything is supported by technology. Sophisticated technology. A retrospective look is enough to understand that classic photography, the one that involves craftsmanship and uniqueness, requires attentive eyes and some obedience to procedures. When that happens, it is almost always ravishing. Attentive eyes perceive nuances, details, know how to differentiate the shades of black and white. Such are the photographs of Luiz Carlos Felizardo, an artist who combines technique and aesthetics, who believes in discipline and in the rigor of the rules to simply surprise us. An unusual dedication that demands respect and some submission to the processes to find photographic art, with elegance and sensitivity, and distance itself from science. His passion for the image was born with drawing, his initial training, but it was with photography that he developed an accurate look capable of finding in the objective reality of the visible world the emotion of the fullness of life. He adapted the drawing of the lines wandering through the paper for the different stages of photography - choosing the scene, photometry, capturing, developing and printing. Total technical control, internalized and naturalized by experience, makes his creative conception possible - in fact, totally disconcerting. He lived in USA on some occasions, close to his Master Frederick Sommer, and learned to document the everyday mystery. Made in USA is a tribute and also a memorable set of photographs that recover the pleasure of seeing silently.
    Rubens Fernandes Junior
  • "Made in Usa" is the title of the exhibition by Luiz Carlos Felizardo at Galeria Utopia, which presents a selection of 23 photographs taken in Arizona, in the United States, between 1984 and 1985, a period in which he worked intensively under the supervision of Frederick Sommer. .

    All copies are vintage, impeccably enlarged by the author, with the precepts, care and all the mastery that characterize the broad and traditional chain of North American laboratory photographers, among which Sommer occupies a prominent place.

    Among the images, some scenes and details that are part of the photographic imagery of the American West and an anthological landscape in Death Valley in California, Zabriskie Point, location and title of one of the most remarkable films of the counterculture period shot in 1970 and directed by Italian filmmaker, Michelangelo Antonioni.

  • Luiz Carlos Felizardo

    Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, 1949
    Felizardo studied Architecture at UFRGS and, since 1972, has dedicated himself exclusively to photography, standing out in the areas of landscape and architecture. From 1975 onwards, national and international individuals and collectives took place in Mexico, the United States, Venezuela, at the I and II Bienal de Havana, Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Syria, Tunisia and Algeria.

    In 1987, he participated in the project Missões 300 Anos — A Visão do Artista. His work is part of official and private collections internationally, such as the collection of the neurobiologist Nobel of Medicine and Dean of Rockefeller University Thorsten Wiesel and Joaquim Paiva.

    As a Fulbright scolarship (1984/1985), he worked under the supervision of Frederick Sommer in Prescott, Arizona. Between 1990 and 1991, with a grant from Fundação VITAE (SP), he carried out research on the life and work of Sommer. In 1991, he participated in the first group of photographers of the MASP/Pirelli Collection.
    His project O Sonho e a Ruína – Missões Jesuíticas was contemplated in the Art and Heritage Notice 2007 (IPHAN/Paço Imperial) and exhibited at MARGS, at Paço Imperial (RJ), at the Archaeological Site of São Miguel das Missões and was acquired by IPHAN, integrating the collection of the Museum of Missions in São Miguel das Missões.
    Felizardo is the author of the books O Relógio de Ver (2000) and IMAGO (2010), both bringing together articles and essays on photography. In April 2004, the book Luiz Carlos Felizardo, 3rd volume of the SENAC Photography Collection (Editora SENAC, SP) was published. In 2011, when he was honored by FESTFOTO, in Porto Alegre, the book A Fotografia de Luiz Carlos Felizardo was published and a retrospective exhibition of his work was held (Santander Cultural). In 2016 he participated in the Encontros da Imagem (Braga, Portugal), the Symposium "RETHINKING PHOTOGRAPHY: Can Photography Make a Change?". His work was presented by Tereza Siza, creator of the Portuguese Photography Center. In 2017, he was honored by UFRGS with an exhibition at Campus Central and, in 2018, he presented the exhibition “A Estranha Xícara”, at the invitation of Instituto Ling, in Porto Alegre. In December 2019, the book “O Percurso de um Olhar” was released by Editora da UFRGS - photographs and chronicles of the author. In 2020, he received a tribute from the Museum of Art of Rio Grande do Sul, with the documentary “A photographer on the road” and the Prêmio Açorianos de Artes Visuais, from the Municipality of Porto Alegre, RS, for his body of work. In the same year, the project to diagnose vintage copies of its collection, presented by Denise Stumwoll, received the Solange Zuniga Scholarship, from FUNARTE, for the quality of its work as a photographer and “printer”. In 2021, he received the Cultural Merit in Photography from the RPCFB, in recognition of his trajectory and the Trajetórias/RS Award.