Spring is here! To celebrate hope and the regeneration of life, Luz Editions has selected three photographs by Helena Corrêa de Barros as a starting point to imagine its new capsule collection: "Between poetry and imagination"- a collection of 3 decorative cushions.
But first of all, let me introduce you to Helena:
Unlike Artur Pastor who has spent most of his life photographing the Portuguese people, Helena Corrêa de Barros mainly documented her travels and her privileged social background.
That was how Helena Corrêa Barros (1910-2000) described her passion to the “Magazine at the Service of Photographic Art”, in 1955.
Helena Corrêa de Barros started in B&W photography in 1924, at just 14 years old, with her father, Fortunato Abecassis, responsible for companies like Abecassis, Lusalite or Companhia de Seguros Mundial.
“Achieving such a moment, combining beauty with good technique, is the ideal in photography. These moments are rare and appear by chance, even when we are looking for them… ”, she told in the same interview.
The trips she had the opportunity to do since the adolescence, and which would become a constant in her life, brought her early contact with other cultures and with people outside her family circle. Europe is the scene of many of her images, recording either her visits to cities such as London, Brussels, Athens, Venice or trips to the Swiss Alps, such as the ruins left by World War II on the southern banks of the Arno River, in Italy. In 1950 she traveled to Angola, where she photographed landscapes, large enterprises, workers or the bustle of the markets. Two decades later, she visited Asia, where images of Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand and Japan were taken.
Her favorite cameras, Leica M3 and Leica R4, also traveled with her (an exceptional equipment for a photographer who was never a professional).
Discover the collection here!