Living on Brazil's Wide Earth – The Hidden Story of Emigrant Photographer Haruo Ohara

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Living on Brazil's Wide Earth – The Hidden Story of Emigrant Photographer Haruo Ohara

In 1927, at the age of seventeen, Haruo Ohara (1909-1999) and his family emigrated to Brazil as part of a larger group of Japanese immigrants. Enduring slave-like working conditions in the fields near São Paulo, the Oharas later moved to the countryside to cultivate their own piece of land. It was here that Haruo took up photography and taught himself to work a camera – the beginning of an illustrious snapping career that now gets recounted at the Fujifilm gallery in Midtown. On display are around 30 shots, most of them depicting country life in the state of Paraná, picked from a selection that constituted a larger, travelling exhibition in 2016.

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