Image © Jose Diniz.
José Diniz has been selected as one of BJP's 20 photographers to watch in 2013
Author: British Journal of Photography
14 Jan 2013 Tags: Ones to watch
Born in Niterói in Brazil, and now living in Rio de Janeiro, José Diniz was encouraged to take up photography at the age of 10 by his grandfather, an amateur photographer and founder of the Fluminense Photography Society, and went on to study photography at Cândido Mendes University in Rio, after a brief segue via painting. He now works with analogue and digital photography, video, printmaking and installation, but says the photographic image remains at the heart of his practice.
The series Marítimas 1 and Marítimas 2 put man and his relationship to the sea at centre stage; the work was shot off the coasts of Brazil and Uruguay, with Diniz sometimes quite literally photographing from the water. “I’ve always lived near the sea,” he says. “A lot of the work was made in the water as an attempt to share the physical experiences of the sea – its movement, immersive nature and instability.” Shooting in black-and-white also let him provide a curious, unsettling view of an often-glamorised subject; he simply says monochrome allowed him to get to the core of the image, while “colour increases the amount of information”.
Director of VII Photo Stephen Mayes, who recommended Diniz to BJP, says: “The beach is one of photography’s great clichés, but Diniz infuses it with a sensual joy that connects the viewer and the subject in a photographic rhapsody of solid water and fluid motion that transcends the banality of this too-often photographed subject.”
Image © Jose Diniz.
Recipient of the 2012 Marc Ferrez Photography Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture in Brazil, Diniz was one of 12 photographers chosen to exhibit his work in the International Discoveries III show at Houston FotoFest 2011. He’s now working on a project about ‘territories’, looking at the many islands along the coast of Rio and their relationship to, and detachment from, the mainland.
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