Recognition of Culture

Cities and Regions

Odebrecht sponsors a collection of books featuring the characteristics of the cities and regions found in Brazil and abroad. Through these works, readers can discover more about the unique characteristics of places like Fernando de Noronha Island and Vale do São Francisco, as well as the wealth of cosmopolitan municipalities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. 

The publications also unveil the history and beauties of countries like the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The following is the archive sponsored by the Group:

São Paulo

South America’s largest metropolis, the São Paulo capital was caught by the lenses of 11 acclaimed photographers in the 1970s who provide a diversified and one-of-a-kind portrait of the city.

Skyscrapers, viaducts, monuments and parks where nature serves as the main attraction: from the historic and architectural archive to the daily lives of its residents, the city's multiple aspects are present in this photo essay from 1977.

Published in English, the work was organized by Stefan Geyerhahn, also responsible for the graphic planning. The introduction and legends were written by Leonardo Arroyo.

São Paulo - 1900

The transformations that took place in the State of São Paulo from the 19th to 20th centuries were recorded by Swiss photographer Guilherme Gaensly (1843-1928).

São Paulo – 1900, published in 1988, presents a selection of this work: the evolution of the urban scenery, the prosperous agricultural areas and Santos port, among others. In all, 52 photos document the region’s economic and political might.

More than just a simple iconographic anthology, this trilingual publication (Portuguese / English / Spanish) offers a critical analysis of Gaensly’s vision, produced by professor and art critic Boris Kossoy.

The City of Bahia

Mário Cravo Neto, a world renowned sculptor and photographer, developed this photo essay to pay tribute to the city of Salvador, where he was born in 1947. A Cidade da Bahia was published in 1984, with bilingual text (Portuguese / English).

True snapshots of people, the geography and modern and colonial architecture of the Bahia capital, his portraits seek to integrate the physical and human landscapes. In this way, they promote an in-depth recreation of Bahia’s “beautiful, dramatic and secret” universe.

A Cidade da Bahia includes the notes and comments of the painters Carybé and Mário Cravo (the photographer’s father). Jorge Amado also participates in the work with Canto de Amor à Bahia (“Love Song to Bahia"), the introductory essay that establishes a poetic dialogue with the photos.

The Island of Fernando de Noronha

The result of extensive cartographic, historic and photographic research, A ilha de Fernando de Noronha offers the reader a quite complete overview of this territory situated in the extreme Northeast of Brazil.

A vast documentation consisting of maps, nautical charts and on-board diaries describes the island since the 16th century. Photos and blueprints of former forts reconstitute the very beginnings of its occupation.

Launched in 1987 in a bilingual edition, A ilha de Fernando de Noronha features text and cartography from researcher Isa Adonias and also includes a photography essay that reveals the abundant natural beauty found there.

The Porto Alegre of Mário Quintana

A Porto Alegre de Mário Quintana was produced by Bruna Lombardi, Elena Quintana, José Fogaça, Lya Luft and Washington Olivetto, with photos by Liane Neves. The work, sponsored by Odebrecht and launched in 2004, shows the city of Porto Alegre from poet Mário Quintana’s perspective.