Carlos Freire

Carlos Freire, born in Rio de Janeiro, studied literature and had no formal training in photography before settling in France in September 1968 where he immediately began his prestigious career and from 1973 to this day, he has made Paris his working base. His photographs are to be found in most public and private collections all over the world.
A consummate traveller, he has produced many albums about places around the world including India, Alexandria, Amazigh, Mount Athos, Alep, Naples, Genoa and recently Sicily, working with authors such as Jacques Lacarrière, Marc Fumaroli, Alain Jouffroy, Lawrence Durrell and Renzo Piano.
His numerous portraits of writers such as Marguerite Yourcenar, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Jorge Semprun, Doris Lessing, Françoise Sagan ,Lawrence Durrell, Iris Murdoch, Claude Levi-Strauss, or Mario Vargas Llosa, of visual artists such as Francis Bacon, Vieira da Silva, Nicky de Saint Phalle, Roberto Matta, Pierre Soulages, Oscar Niemeyer or André Kertesz, of film-makers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Costa-Gavras, or Claude Chabrol, show him to be an invaluable eyewitness of our times.
He was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture in 2008.
Carlos Freire will show twelve photographs in « Portraits d'écrivains » at la Maison de Victor Hugo  from 5th November 2010 to 20th January 2011.

A few recent exhibitions :
L'esprit des Lieux,Espace AGF, Paris 1989
Marguerite Yourcenar, le dernier voyage,Centre Pompidou, Paris 1989
Marguerite Yourcenar,Columbia University, New York 1990
Napoli il Reame della Gente,Vila Pignatelli, Naples, 1993
Le Royaume de Naples, la République de Venise,Institut italien de Paris, 1993
Portraits d'artistes, exposition itinérante en 82 pays, organisée par l'AFAA, Paris, 1994/96
Regards de Francis Bacon, Galerie Samy Kinge, Paris 1996
Napoles, reino do povo, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, 1996
Photographiant Nicky de Saint Phalle, Pinacoteca do estado, Sao Paulo, 1996 Alexandrie l'Egyptienne, Petit Palais, Paris, 1998)
Rencontres avec Lawrence Durrell, Sommières, France, 2000
Tout doit disparaître,Maison de l'Amérique latine, Paris, 2001
C'est partout la vie, Galerie Samy Kinge, Paris 2001
Le Mont Athos,Montauban, France, 2002
Francis Bacon par Carlos Freire, Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris, 2004
Alep ,Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2004
Carlos Freire, carnet de route, lieux et rencontres, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris, nov.2005-janv.2006
Away from Home, Jane Roberts Fine Arts, Paris 2005
Acqua Alta, hommage à Joseph Brodsky, Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris, 2006
Avatars, Ambassade du Brésil, Paris 2007
Incontri e Viaggi,Villa Gussio, Sicile, 2008
L'argent roi, portraits de dessinateurs, SCAM, Paris, 2009
Cinéastes français contemporains, Dar al Mouna, Liban, 2010

Marguerite Yourcenar, London, 1987

Marguerite Yourcenar, London, 1987

Lawrence Durrell, Sommières, 1985

Lawrence Durrell, Sommières, 1985

Goa, 1983

Goa, 1983

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