Andreas Valentin


I am photographer since the age of fifteen, when I got my first camera, a Voigtländer that used 126 format film. My archive currently has over 50,000 images taken in various parts of the world: Brazil, South America, Asia, Europe and USA.

I also work as a free-lancer.

Some of these images are shown here.


Ph.D. in Social History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with a thesis on German photographer George Huebner’s (1862-1935) early 20th century work in the Amazon.

M.A. in Arts from Universidade Federal Fluminense and B.A. in Art History and Cinema from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA.
Professor of Photography and Arts at State University of Rio de Janeiro and Universidade Candido Mendes.

In 2014/2015 I did post-doctoral work at Freie Universität Berlin / Kunsthistorisches Institut researching Brazilian and German photography in the 1950s.


I studied and collaborated with Brazilian avant-garde artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980). In the 1970’s produced experimental films. Between 1980 and 2000 photographed, and researched in the Amazon. I have written three books on the Amazon Parintins Boi-bumbá Festival and worked as production and direction assistant in Werner Herzog’s film “Fitzcarraldo”.

I published the books “SAARA Rio de Janeiro” (2010), “Fotocine: a fotografia no cinema” (2011) and “A fotografia amazônica de George Huebner” (2012). Organized the book “Call me Helium” (2014).

I am a member of the Brazilian Anthropology Association and in 2004 won its Pierre Verger Photography prize.

Photographer, researcher and writer, I have held various one-man exhibits throughout Brazil, participated in group exhibits and works as a curator.

In 2015 I won the Marc Ferrez photography prize from the Brazilian National Art Foundation.

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