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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A free, public exhibition featuring 450 photos that chronicle Rio de Janeiro’s history from 1840 through 1930 will open in the Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS-RJ) in Gávea on Sunday, March 1st, the 450th anniversary of city. Following the public opening, the exhibition will remain on display in the Galeria Marc Ferrez (Marc Ferrez Gallery) in the Instituto Moreira Salles throughout the year until December 31, 2015.

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Av. Central in Rio de Janeiro, 1906, photo by Marc Ferrez from the Gilberto Ferrez Collection IMS/image recreation.

Curated by Sergio Burgi, the exhibition entitled, Exposição Rio: primeiras poses – Visões da cidade a partir da chegada da fotografia (1840-1930)/ Rio Exposure: First poses – Views of the city following the arrival of photography (1840-1930), includes works by amateur and famous photographers from the time period including Augusto Malta, Revert Henrique Klumb, Augusto Stahl, Georges Leuzinger, and Marc Ferrez.

The 450 images on display were chosen from the institute’s collection of over 10,000 images from the nine decade time period. Beginning with works produced during the early days of photography and that date back to the arrival of the medium in Rio de Janeiro, the exhibition not only depicts the history of the city but also illustrates the growth of an art form.

“The first pictures were based on the daguerreotype, the pioneering photographic process, often used for portraits,” Burgi told Agência Brasil. ” Gradually, through technological advancement, photographers began to document the urban landscape, through processes such as the glass negatives and photographs on paper.”

In addition to photography, the exhibition will feature multimedia displays including projections and 3D visualizations.

What: Exposição Rio: primeiras poses – Visões da cidade a partir da chegada da fotografia (1840-1930)/ Rio Exposure: First poses – Views of the city following the arrival of photography (1840-1930)
When: March 1 – December 31, 2015. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11AM to 8PM.
Where: Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS-RJ), Rua Marquês de São Vicente 476, Gávea, RJ
Entrance: FREE

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