Man, Straw Hat, Cigar, Bahia
From the Bahia I collection
This is a two-part series...
As I’ve mentioned before I don’t like to do much research before going to a new place. However, I knew Art Kane had been to Bahia and I called him and asked,“What’s it like?” His response, “Don’t worry about a thing. They’ll be sitting in windows waiting for you.”
He was bang on. They were. I could have shot only that and I would have been a happy camper.
I’d been to Brazil before, Rio and Sao Paulo mostly. I’d loved it and had a good time photographing the city, the architecture, etc, etc.
Bahia was a different story. The people are the big ticket item here. Their interaction, their physicality. They held my interest with their charm and their friendliness, from kids to senior citizens.
The project was started by Jim Metzner who recorded great sound and music. I came along to do the photographing.
Brazil, like Haiti and Panama, is a place where music is a constant at all times.
Our product was a LP record album of sounds and music, plus my pictures– it was called Sound Image: Bahia.
I still hear the sounds and the music when I look at the images.
Paper & Printing
Epson Legacy Baryta
Baryta paper has a white, smooth satin finish with the look and feel of the revered silver halide F-surface darkroom papers and provides excellent image permanence.
13x19 prints are placed on backing board inside a clear plastic bag. They are then packaged in a custom 15x21x3 corrugated box protected inside 3 inches of charcoal foam. More about shipping...
20x30 prints are shipped flat in MasterPak PrintPak Art Shipping Sleeves. A "container within a container" with multiple layers of protection.
Dye-Sublimation onto Aluminum (Metal)
Transferring the print to aluminum produces a vivid, archival quality print that is scratch resistant, doesn’t require glass or framing, and is lightweight and easy to hang. More about the paper...
Metal prints are shipped in a sturdy 44x63x3 wooden crate. More about shipping...