Welcome to Rio: Imperial Architecture, Açai, and Bossa Nova
Carlos is an urban planning and policy researcher at the Federal University, and an assistant professor at the Rural Federal University, both in Rio de Janeiro. He has an MA in juridical science with an emphasis on South American politics and fundamental rights. His main fields of interest are urban/regional planning and policies, architecture, and Brazilian history. He is a native of the northeastern city of Fortaleza, the region of the first modern-age settlements in Brazil. This area has a diverse culture and is the birthplace of many influential Brazilians who have shaped the city, thus giving Carlos the perfect background with which to introduce travelers to Rio's rich history.
Beth is Brazilian and a true 'Carioca da Gema,' or one who was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Although she has lived in other places both in Brazil and abroad, Rio has always been her hometown. One of her favourite hobbies is walking around the city, noticing its physical changes and the new ways of life with them. She holds a degree in Brazilian history, and writes fiction. She has published a short-stories e-book entitled Sexta-feira, and is about to finish writing a novel. She has developed a love of different cultures, histories, and ways of life. Beth enjoys showing travelers Rio's living style and history, as well as its beautiful and unique natural landscapes.
Andreas Valentin has a Ph.D. in Social History, an M.A. in Arts and a B.A. in Art History. He is a professor of Photography and Arts. His career began with the production of experimental films in the 1970’s, and he continued with work on the Amazon with several documentaries and three books on the Amazon Parintins Boi-bumbá Festival. He has also worked as production and direction assistant in Werner Herzog’s film “Fitzcarraldo”. Photographer, researcher and writer, he has had art in various one-man and group exhibits throughout Brazil and works as a curator. In 2004 he won the Brazilian Anthropology Association’s Pierre Verger photography prize and in 2015 the Marc Ferrez photography prize from the Brazilian National Art Foundation, for the project “Berlin<>Rio : Routes and Memories”. He grew up and resides in his hometown of Rio. As a photographer and an academic, he has learned to look passionately at the city and understand it historically and aesthetically.
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