Numo Rama



Numo Rama’ pictures have as protagonist the human being and their quotidian life’s epic poetry. A deeply subjective visual metaphor that takes us back to the primary character of the daily fight for the existence. The images are taken in the closest surrounding but the characters are universal. They are sceneries where precariousness, drama, violence and misery are omnipresent, but also where hopefulness and desire of dignity make their way. (A. Castellote)
“(…) After all that research that took me a lot of time, (…) I simply gathered my experience with the human being (…) some general culture, a camera and a great dissatisfaction with the actions of the dominant classes on a majority in a deep disadvantage in all the segments of social right. Mixing these elements we have the picture I carry out. When I think of the picture, I do not think of that in the journal (…) what attracts my interest of it is not only the habit of documenting. I do not take pictures every day, or every week, or every month. I only do it when I have something to say. And this only happens after a lot of reflection. (…) The photography I carry out is not a denunciation. Anyone who can buy information knows what is happening in the materially needed areas. I do not live from photography. The materials that were sold out of Brazil are reinvested in social works. My exercise is more social than photographic. I earn my living in a farm where I breed some horses and cattle, and sometimes with an old jeep I take foreigners who want to visit the farm, where there is no romanticism either.” N. Rama
He was born in Araruna, Brazil, in a peasant-like farmer family, in 1968. Because of reasons beyond his control he left the North-East of Brazil quite early. In 1991 he moved to Portugal, where years later he introduced himself in photography. He travels through Portugal, Dubai, Indonesia, East Timor combining job and looking for feeling new social realities. In East Timor he produced a photographic essay which later exhibited in Sweden, where he lived until 2000. He went back to Brazil and fixed his residence in Natal, where he started to develop his own social view through photography. With autodidact formation, his work has been shown in Sweden, Denmark, France, Bratislava, Spain, Belgium, Portugal and several Brazilian cities.