13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
When Photoshop wasn't even close to be created, brazilian "bonequeiros" were already creating and retouching portraits. These popular artists are very common in brazilian countryside and their portraits are hanging at walls of many poor families in the northeast of Brazil.
Many families who can't afford fancy clothes or jewelry look for bonequeiros to have a portrait painted by them using these accessories. Even halos are added to childrens heads (!) or dead people are portrayed with their relatives.
Mariazinha lives in a village in the countryside and was keen to 'pose with her husband ' for my portrait. When I asked where he was, she told me he was at work.
"How can I take a photo of your husband if he's not here?" - I asked.
She said: "Simple. Take a picture of me and that painted portrait at the wall".
Photo of the Day: 11.08.15
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||Nov. 7, 2015, 4:49 p.m.