These days, everyone’s a photographer—and that’s worth celebrating. In honor of National Photography Month and our new exhibition Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964, we’re excited to invite you to join the MoMA Photo Club. Every month, we’re encouraging you to get outside and get creative with a new photo challenge. Stay tuned for special Photo Club guests from around the world who will help us launch each prompt. Scroll down to see each month’s challenge.
Most of the amateur photographers in Fotoclubismo spent their days in offices, factories, and classrooms. Photography was a hobby they pursued in the evening and on weekends, yet their work attests to the seriousness and skill with which they approached the medium. They actively participated in a dynamic international circuit of amateur salons in the mid-20th century, and their prints traveled around the world, accumulating stamps and seals of approval (the analogue equivalent of “likes” today). At their headquarters in São Paulo, they hosted monthly concursos internos (internal contests), often organized around themes to provide structured feedback and help members to build their photographic skills across genres. MoMA Photo Club embraces this collegial, competitive spirit, connecting all of us with the achievements of amateurs across the history of photography.
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