Cia de Foto
Highly stylized, poignant and emotional are words that come to mind upon first encounter with Cia de Foto's breathtaking photographs. The São Paulo photo agency has been going strong for more than a few years now but has just launched a blog that shares news on happenings like what exciting project they're doing next or which international photo event they're participating in (for example, they managed the entire São Paulo Photo Week last month). Although most of the blog is in Portuguese, the pictures — spanning a variety of subjects from everyday Brazilian life to portraits — speak for themselves.
Assignments for the mainstream press are their bread and butter but Rafael Jacinto, one of the founding members of Cia de Foto, emphasized to me once that they also feel it's important to do projects they are personally interested in, a philosophy that shows through in their work.
If you'll be in Santiago, Chile for the Foto America biennial event between 29 October 2008 and 16 January 2009, you can check out a panel with them at the Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes on 30 Ocober 2008.