Thomaz Farkas Hungarian, 1921-2011

Born in Budapest and based in São Paulo since age 6, Thomaz Farkas was the son of the founder of Fotoptica, a pioneering photographic equipment retail company in Brazil. He had his first solo show in 1949, at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art. In that same year, the photographer’s work was shortlisted for a show at the MoMA in New York, which also purchased seven of his pieces. In 2014 Luciana Brito Galeria made the first solo exhibition of Thomaz Farkas in a brazilian gallery entitled Memories and Discoveries. In 2015, alongside the great names in modern brazilian photography, his work was part of the retrospective entitled Modernités: Photographie Bresilienne (1940-1964) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Farkas was voted on four different occasions to represent Brazil at the Photographic Society of America. He was pivotal to the establishing of the departments of photography at the MASP and the MAM-SP. In addition to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the photographer’s work is part of the collections of the São Paulo State Art Gallery (Pinacoteca), Maison Européene de la Photographie and Moreira Salles Institute (which dedicated an anthology book to him in 2010-11), among other organizations. Farkas died in São Paulo, in 2011.