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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

12.11.2019

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The photographer Tommaso Protti talks about finding an idyllic corner, that appears to be cut off from the rest of the world, in the middle of a Brazilian conflict zone.

„One of the parts I remember most of my trips in the northern part of Brazil, was when I visited the village of Kubenkrãnken in the Kayapo indigenous territory. The inhabitants have only had steady contact with non-indigenous societies since the 1960s. For hundreds of years, they fought Portuguese colonisers as well as their own tribal neighbours. More recently, they resisted illegal loggers and miners plundering their land. Now, they are confronted with the government of far right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who wants to open up Brazil’s indigenous lands to mining, farming and other commercial activity.

That being said, their land today serves as a crucial barrier to the advance of deforestation from the south. It takes days to reach the Kayapo indigenous territory, and I went there to record an ancient ritual that had not been practised for more than twenty years. It was a profound experience, isolated from the world. I remember this waterfall where I went to bathe and clean up. It was a magical place where time flowed at a different pace.“

Image: © Tommaso Protti with support of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
Equipment: Leica M Monochrom with Summicron-M 35 f:2 Asph


Find out more about Tommaso Protti's photography in LFI 8/2019.
© Gabriele Bianchini

Tommaso Protti

Protti was born in Mantua, Italy in 1986 and grew up in Rome. After studying Political
Science, he moved to London in 2011 where he studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. Since then he has been working as a freelance documentary photographer whose work has been widely published. He currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

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