Photo book

Fotô Editorial pre-launches the photo book ASFIXIA

26 Nov 2020, 6:44 am

The arrival of the pandemic and, subsequently, the anti-racism protests that occurred in the United States, in recent months have become the focus of the news coverage by Candice Carvalho Feio, who works in New York at the service of Globonews. Photography, which until then had been a kind of hobby, became the way in which the reporter found it most effective to document this unique moment in human history. During the coverage and during her free time, Candice circled the city with her camera recording the changes in the city and its inhabitants.

What started out as just a record took shape and is now about to become a photo book – a book-manifest, as the editors define it -, produced by Fotô Editorial, edited by Eder Chiodetto and Fabiana Bruno, with editorial coordination by Elaine Pessoa and design by Lia Assumpção. The book’s preface is by singer and composer Caetano Veloso. The publication will have a pre-launch on 29th November, at 6pm, on the occasion of the SP–Foto Viewing Room, in a livestream with the presence of the author and editors. The launch of the work is scheduled for December.

Todas as imagens do ensaio visual desta matéria integram o fotolivro "Asfixia", de Candice Carvalho Feio. Cortesia Fotô Editorial.

All images of the photo essay of this editorial are part of the photo book "Asfixia", by Candice Carvalho Feio. Courtesy Fotô Editorial.

Asfixia [Asphyxiation] leaves the flow of daily journalism and takes the form of a book-manifest based on the need for the author to reflect this abysmal moment in our history, when the emergence of public health had to polarize with the emergence of the revolt that drove people to the streets. The book is an appeal to perceive and re-perceive, with rich nuances, the images of these gestures of strength. The mouths, that symbolize the enunciation, are multiplied and unfolded in pages of the book exclaiming words of protests that we cannot hear, but that in a powerful way carry us to feel and problematize what the interdisciplinary artist, writer and theorist Grada Kilomba writes in “Plantation Memories. Episodes of Everyday Racism”: “(…) the mouth becomes the organ of oppression par excellence, representing what white people want — and need — to control and, consequently, the organ that, historically, has been severely censored”. 

Excerpt from the editors’ text.


… each image, each word, each eye, each letter, each mask, says a lot about being there with Candice: the USA and Brazil as first and second in number of deaths by Covid-19; the USA and Brazil with their very different ways of not solving the problem of colonial-slave formation. Candice’s book-story-poetry takes us closer to the emotional experience that perhaps makes way to true Abolition.

Excerpt from the preface by Caetano Veloso.


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