The Louvre and its visitors
In 1964, Alécio de Andrade settles in Paris as a professional photographer. During his stay in the French capital, he joined the Magnum Photos cooperative, but above all he developed an interest in the visitors of the Louvre, who flock to the famous museum every day. This is how Le Louvre et ses visiteurs — The Louvre and its visitors — was born. A series where the absolute protagonists are not the wonderful masterpieces exhibited in the prestigious museum, but the visitors caught in the act of relating with the works, often portrayed in decidedly bizarre positions or, probably, in the grip of the so-called Stendhal syndrome.
Born in 1938, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Alécio studied law and devoted himself to poetry, arriving at photography in 1961. From 1965 until 2003 — the year of his death —, he regularly collaborated with the French and international press. Among his projects, the monograph, Alécio de Andrade – Fotografias, “O Que Alécio Vê” — Alécio de Andrade – Photographs, “What Alécio Sees”, poem by Carlos Drummond de Andrade — 1979 —, and the monograph, Enfances — Childhood — text by Françoise Dolt — 1986.
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