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Annalisa Natali Murri May 4, 2015

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Brazil.

Villa Madalena, Sao Paulo Brazil 2013

Annalisa Natali Murri (1982, Italy) approached architectural photography at the age of 27, while studying building engineering at Bologna University. During her PhD studies, she started to devote herself to photography with more conviction and interest. Soon she started to feel the need to focus on documentary projects, using her vacation time and savings to fund self-assignments and personal projects. Her works have been awarded in several international contests, including 70th and 71st POYi. In 2014 she was selected as an attendee for LOOK between mentorship program. She’s currently based in Bologna, Italy.

About the Photograph: 

“I was on a self assignment covering the bustling street art environment in San Paulo, Brasil. That night I had just finished my shooting in Villa Madalena, a neighborhood in San Paulo once known only for its violent crime but which recently decided to change things around. I think Vila Madá has been able to completely transform itself and its own identity, creating what is now considered one of the most exclusive areas of the city, a popular hangout young creatives and artists of all kinds. I was wandering there, looking for a cab.  Across the street there was a beautiful girl with curly hair and amber skin, who was cheerfully talking with a friend. I was attracted in some way by this couple in front of one of the most colorful building of Vila Madá. I loved the way the red lights of cars stopping at the crossing illuminated the hair of the girl on her back. Then the street light turned green. I would have had to cross the road, but I stopped to take this last shot, when the green light finally lit the girl’s face.”