Living on Brazil’s Wide Earth – The Hidden Story of Emigrant Photographer Ohara Haruo
Born in Kochi Prefecture, Haruo Ohara moved with his family to Brazil in 1927, at the age of 17, and eventually settled in region of Londrina, in the southern state of Paraná. Ohara didn’t get his first camera until he was in his late twenties, but he learned photography while he wasn’t farming. Amassing a large collection of photographs over the years, he only began to receive attention for them when he was in his sixties. His pictures are important documents of Japanese immigrant life as well as poetic meditations on the vast landscapes of rural Brazil.
Image: Morning Clouds, 1952, Terra Boa, Paraná, ©Haruo Ohara/Instituto Moreira Salles Collection