M.J. Cardozo - gay photographer
In the past few years I developed a desire to begin creating images that could be admired for years. Combining my appreciation of architecture and the male physique, I have set out to show erotic and masculinity using light and shadow.
The philosophy behind my work is to portray an authentic image of the male, but a Brazilian version, transforming all through lighting and mood.
Black and white film is my chosen medium, being somewhat removed from reality to create something timeless.
If my image awakes emotion in the viewer, I feel it is successful.
CURRICULUM VITAE AND LIST OF EXHIBITIONS
I was born 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I currently reside and work in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.
I moved from engineer to professional photographer in 1996.I was disappointed with the engineer market in Brazil. My ancient hobby became my profession. I didn't study art, but I have made many photographic courses and workshops. I am now predominantly self-taught.
Why did I start doing male nudes? The philosophy behind my photography is to portray an authentic image of male masculinity. My project is deeply personal: The cult of the macho, the exaltation of the maleness. Their faces and bodies have become a inspiration for me.
Most of my models are dancers and bodybuilders found in the streets, gyms and gay locations. I have worked with almost 200 models and each one have a particularity. In the beginning it was very difficult for me to pic up a model, nowadays the guys know mw and my work.. And I am sometimes like a father for my guys. They come to me with their troubles and I give them some advices. The boys have big muscles, but they are very sensitive too.
Available light is very important for my work. Nowadays I only shoot B&W. My goal is to sell fine art photographs and they must survive me. A b&w photograph may survive 200 years or more, it's almost eternal. A colour picture becomes different very quickly. I like older processes too like cyan or platina because the quality of the results. I like very much landscapes and architectural photography, it's another passion.
A sample of my work was published on the Australian magazine NOT ONLY BLUE #43 and #53, on Playgirl (April 2005), on Brazilian NEXT (Mai 2005) and on BLUE MUSE (December 2005).
I have some pictures in the Dave Aden Gallery in Los Angeles and in the Blue Gallery in Sidney.
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