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20 April

Claude Lévi-Strauss : walk among the photographs

In 1935, Claude Lévi-Strauss accepted the postion of Professor of Sociology at São Paulo in Brazil. During that year and the one that followed, he carried out several ethnographic expeditions during which he focussed on photographing the places that he saw and the people that he met. Here are some of those taken amongst the Amazonian Bororo and Caduveo. In each case, the editions are made on barium paper.

  • Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition - At his camp

    Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition - At his camp

  • A woman painting ceramics with thinned chalk

    A woman painting ceramics with thinned chalk

  • A woman painting the face of a dancer

    A woman painting the face of a dancer

  • A woman with a painted face

    A woman with a painted face

  • A woman with a painted face

    A woman with a painted face

  • FA woman with a painted face

    A woman with a painted face

  • A woman with a painted face

    A woman with a painted face

  • Two women in party dress

    Two women in party dress

  • A young man in a dancing costume

    A young man in a dancing costume

  • A chief's headdress for a funeral dance

    A chief's headdress for a funeral dance

  • A chief's large crown

    A chief's large crown

  • A native in ceremonial costume

    A native in ceremonial costume

  • A man in a costume for a celebration

    A man in a costume for a celebration

  • Position of the right hand for shooting with a bow

    Position of the right hand for shooting with a bow

  • The interior of a collective dwelling

    The interior of a collective dwelling

  • Kejara village (Bororo)

    Kejara village (Bororo)

  • "The Men's House"

  • Bringing out the mariddo

    Bringing out the mariddo

  • The Ewaguddu clan dance

    The Ewaguddu clan dance

  • The Ewaguddu clan dance

    The Ewaguddu clan dance

  • Dancers from the Paiwa clan

    Dancers from the Paiwa clan


A chief's headdress for a funeral dance

A chief's headdress for a funeral dance

Brazil, Bororo population, 7.7 X 11 cm, PP0002056

A chief without any headgear is a man lacking in attributes that relate to his power. Here, Claude Lévi-Strauss has photographed ceremonial headgear endowed with eagle feathers and dried on a palm tree stump in the sun before usage…