Sao Paulo Brazil is the largest city in Brazil and fifth in the world by population. It is also the richest city of Brazil. The name means Saint Paul in Portuguese.
From Toronto International the flight took approximately nine hours but was worth every second once we arrived. I had the pleasure of speaking at the largest Photographic convention in Brazil to over 900 photographers. It was a very humbling experience to speak with such a receptive audience. At the completion of my talk I received a standing ovation. A first at the Paulisto Da Foto Convention! What stood out for me was that the Brazilian photographers are so thankful and appreciative for knowledge. Attendees came from as far away as the Amazon. Chantal and I met so many people and thank all those that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We have been invited back for 2009 and are in the planning stages of taking fifty photographers along with a bride and groom for a shoot on the streets of a nearby quaint town, followed the next day with in class Photoshop techniques and work flow. Should be an exciting time. Carlos and Leopoldo of FHOX magazine were exceptional hosts, arranging a tour of the city along with taking us to some of the finest restaurants in Sao Paulo. Thank you for your excellent hospitality.
Two other photographers from the United States also made the trip. John Solano is a Los Angeles based photographer who’s lens has captured the images of numerous celebrities throughout the years including Andre Agassi , Brooke Shields, Slash of Guns ‘n Roses, Tracey Gold and recently the marriage of Brittany Spears and many others at a wide variety of events. John Solano is a NikonNet â€œLegends Behind the Lensâ€ featured photographer.
Brian Marcus along with his dad Andy Marcus also attended the event. Brian held a workshop on the streets of Sao Paulo and from what I heard was a great success. Andy is a Canon Explorer Of Light and has continued the family business from a studio in New York. As the President of Fred Marcus Studio, Andy has established a clientele comprised of the most prominent families and business leaders in the country. Their strong loyalty, that spans generations, is derived from an ethic of non-compromising quality and customized service. Marcus has photographed the weddings of Eddie Murphy, Donald Trump, Mary Tyler Moore, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips and the daughter of Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York State.
Leopoldo & Tamara
This building wins my award for the highest graffiti application in Brazil. Can you imagine the dude hanging off the window frame spray painting the edge of the top floor…..NUTS!
some funky architecture