• Yanjun Zhang

    Yanjun Zhang, born in 1963 in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, graduated from Navigation Department of People’s Liberation Army Air Force Sixteenth Flight College. He is a senior journalist, photographer and independent producer. He successively held the posts of air force all-weather transport aircraft commander, graphic production technician, military photographer, director of pictorial photography department, photo editor, professional photographer, and so on. Now, Mr. Zhang serves as the president of RevistaRECURSO, BOA Center and Editora Recurso.

    In 1994, he founded the first commercial network picture database of China;

    From 1995 to 1997, he photographed portraits for the 109 famous Red Army veterans of the Long March, and edited and published a large-scale collection of photographs, named as Long Marchers. Besides, he held a “Photography Art Exhibition of Red Army Veterans in Long March – China” in Beijing, Shenzhen and other cities;

    Since 1998, he has turned from specializing in single character photographing to using photos and dynamic videos to tell stories, and studied the social functions of videos;

    After immigrating to Brazil in 2000, he devised a video plan of “Encantos da Cultura”. At the same time, he founded the bilingual (Chinese and Portuguese) magazine RevistaRECURSO with introduction to Chinese and Brazil culture resources as its tenet, and started photographing the first perceptual image records work, Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil. This film explored “Brazilian local culture” from the perspective of immigration for the first time with the ethnical culture heritage and its social values as focuses;

    In 2001, Mr. Zhang began to try recording images by photo method and brought up the concept of “Photo Movie” and “Perceptual Recording”. This concept gained recognition of the representatives present at the symposium held for Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil by University of Sao Paulo in 2009;

    In 2002, Mr. Zhang went into the tropical rainforests of South America to explore and photograph the living environment and actual state of Indians; in the same year, he penetrated deeply into the slums in Sao Paulo to record their living conditions;

    At the beginning of 2003, Mr. Zhang photographed the documentary film Brazilian Carnival. It was the first time that the Brazilian government allowed a foreigner to independently record the whole Brazilian Carnival. This carnival was planned by Xiao Linjie, the Art Director of RevistaRECURSO. For the first time, “Chinese culture element” was presented in the Brazilian Carnival and its effective implementation directly aroused the pursuit for “Chinese Style” in Brazil, even throughout South America. In March, he led his 3 Brazilian followers to start photographing the documentary film Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil during which he independently ventured into the last wetlands in the world – Pantanal and Amazonia with a view to looking for and recording the descendants of the gold washers;

    In 2006, he photographed Privileged Land of Mystery in southwest mountainous region of China. Privileged Land of Mystery, the first culture film to introduce the heritage of Chinese national culture, was projected in Brazil and directly drew attention of Brazilians to Chinese culture heritage. In the same year, Mr. Zhang went into the deep Atlantic Ocean by a fishing ship to record ancient fishing ways of Indians and spent a long time in staying at Atlantic beaches to study fusion and change of immigrant culture;

    In 2007, Mr. Zhang led the “Delegation of Brazilian-Chinese Folk Culture Exchange Messengers” to visit China. The delegation was made up of the Culture Ministry of Brazil, the Movie and Telefilm Worker Union, Carnival Samba School, TV reporters and photographers. During the visit, the delegation held “Flavio Santos Bacellar – Amazon Ecological Photo Exhibition” respectively in Nanning and Liuzhou. In addition, “Encantos da Cultura” was expanded from a “video plan” to a “Sino-Brazilian Culture Communication Plan”.

    In 2009, he held the video culture exhibition Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil and photographed Raízes Chinesas, with the humanities in Chinese territory as the main clue, explained the “root” of Chinese national culture through perceptual video descriptions of iconic elements.

  • Director’s Interpretation

    During the long period of ten years, we had a “journey” through territory, culture and psychology in Brazil.

    “Brazilians” are settlers to this land, coming from corner to corner of this world and standing for different race groups. Families are the most basic units of Brazilian society. Every family in Brazil begins from vigorous home making and career building. In order to defend and survive, they create the unique culture of “Festa” together while giving it different meanings separately so as to display family history and its race tradition.

    “Gold washers” to the Iguape River are the earliest to this place 500 years ago. Abundant gold and infinite treasure resulted in continual dispute and plunder. To expand and manage, the Portugal royal family of the colonists began to recruit immigrants from everywhere, issuing colonial certificates to them, and even selling land to the new comers privately. Even to this day, many families still do not know how wide their land is. But it is clear that, from the town to the depopulated area, any “public region” you thought of may be private land of one family. In fact, it is better to get to know the family to deep understand Brazilian culture.

    Every Brazilian family we had intimate contact with has dozen of stories.

    Blumenau is a German philosopher and pharmacist. He came to Brazil for investigation in 1846, and created his colony at Vale basin in 1850 where 150,000 people were there when being named in 1880, and most of them are German descent. Today, Blumenau is a Brazilian city having 3.1 million people who strictly follow prime directive of Blumenau; Germany is taught in school and Germany’s Oktoberfest is held in October annually.

    Alexander is the master of Fazenda Baía Grande Manor; he is the third generation of inheritor of the Margues family. In those days, his grandpa brought his whole family here by an ox cart, expanding his region by competing with nature and animals, so as to settle down at legendary Pantanal swampland. As Pantaleiro, Alexander was our third guide in the Pantanal swampland, and his son, Thiago, was the only little friend of Link and Viviana.

    There are also family of Tonico, family of Odilon, family of Gerson, and stories about them and between them and us.

    When arriving in Brazil, our strongest feeling is about rhythm of Samba. In order to record this year-round feast, we invested the Gold Eagle Samba Dance School, planning and starting 2003 Sao Paul Carnival of “China Theme”. It is this great success that guided us to the blurred “June Eleventh Square” which is located at living area of black people in the old city of Rio de Janeiro, and its name comes from an disappeared ancient street. After abolition of slavery in Brazil, batches of negro slaves of those days gathered here, they built sheds and sang and danced licentiously, creating lots of African Music. They built “Samba School” to avoid policemen. In 1932, a journalist, Mario Fileo lobbied El Mundo Deportivo where he worked to sponsor the Samba School for the first parade in this square, which rapidly became popular in the country, and became national culture of Brazil. Today, this place is a world-famous Rio slum.

    In the following days, we recorded fantastic “Capoera” dance and plaintive “Pantaleiro” music and a lot of other symbolic Brazilian culture. We are also the first recorder for the secret and original Brazilian “Fandango” culture.

    We came to Brazil for taking pictures in Amazon River. Followed with unexpected things, the dream of Amazon turned into planning and starting the Carnival of China Theme in Sao Paul and then stepping on long journey of “gold washers”. Beginning from the legendary Iguape River, we went across Vale basin and arrived at the largest swampland, Pantanal. In our journey, we experienced the births of our two kids.

    This is a personal experience, which cannot be described as vigorous, but having countless heart quake.

  • Viviana recording “Atravessando Rio Grande” theme song “Cio da Terra”

    Debulhar o trigo
    Recolher cada bago do trigo
    Forjar no trigo o milagre do pão
    E se fartar do pão

    Decepar a cana
    Recolher a garapa da cana
    roubar da cana a doçura do mel
    Se lambusar de mel

    Afagar a terra
    Conhecer os desejos da terra
    Cio da terra propícia estação
    E fecundar o chão

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  • Chang Dai-Chien

    Chang Dai-Chien é um artista imenso cuja vida e obra constituem o reflexo uma da outra. Pintor, colecionador e às vezes também marchand. o leque de seus meios de expressão. seu infinito conhecimento da tradição e as obras expressionistas que produziu a partir dos anos 60 clolcam-no entre os maiores pintores da China.

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  • Acompanhamento na casa dos Mestres Fandangueiros

    No dia 11 de Janeiro recebemos mais uma vez a visita da simpática família chinesa (Zhang, Linjie, Link e Viviana) que vieram fazer um documentário sobre a Cultura do Fandango Caiçara em Cananéia. A família já visitou Cananéia em 2007, também para filmar um documentário sobre a cultura no Brasil. Acompanhei eles em três visitas…

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  • Tonico Ramos

  • Gao Jingwei

  • 25 March Street

    25 March Street is a popular commerce region near the center of São Paulo, Brazil.

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  • Lop Desert

    Because of geography and climate, the boundless desert was formed in Xinjiang, China. After the Silk Road had been formed, the trade caravan passed through it difficultly and many people died in this desert and many legends had been eulogized. So this area was covered with the mysterious veil.

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    Year 2000, Chinese picture photographer Zhang Yanjun proposed to take the documentary film Cultural Charm in St. Paul of Brazil, with the aim to describe the power of culture.

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