Berlin-based fashion and portrait photographer Olaf Heine departs from his usual subjects of celebrities and haute couture with Brazil, a collection of intimate, black-and-white photos that highlight the multifaceted charms of the South American country. Published in a hardcover photo book by teNeues, Heine's atmospheric images take the viewer on a whirlwind, visual journey that follows the photographer's own fascination with Brazil.
The photos, which were taken between 2010 and 2014, capture all the aspects of Brazil that made Heine fall in love with the land–from the densely packed urban dwellings bustling with life, to the sleek architectural forms that dot the landscape, to the lush allure of natural vistas like mountains and sea, and the lively and warm spirit of the Brazilian people.
“A Brazilian proverb states, ‘Those who leave will take longing on their journeys,'” reads the volume's description. “Heine's photographs are as deeply melancholic as they are sensual. With a keen sense for shapes and textures, he also exemplifies Oscar Niemeyer's words: ‘The whole universe is made of curves.' These curves appear in architecture and human bodies, and also permeate the Brazilian lifestyle. From the intensity of its passions to the lightness of its shapes, Olaf Heine portrays a fascinating country in all its diversity and beauty.”