Through layers of mind-bending work, Brazilian artist Paulo Coqueiro weaves a photo-based approach to writing — revealing mysteries and mistruths surrounding the disappearance of photojournalist Tito Ferraz
“Remember, I am lying to you.” Politically-entrenched photojournalist Tito Ferraz went missing from his home in December, 2016. Over the course of several months, the outspoken photographer communicated across his network of 5000 Facebook friends, dropping breadcrumbs which would ultimately end in his sudden and dramatic disappearance. A threatening letter arrives. His apartment is broken into. Hard drives are destroyed. Evidence is collected. Everything gets documented through forensic-style photographs. Flyers go up through his community in Bahia, Brazil demanding answers and justice. What happened to Tito Ferraz?
I was in my early 20’s the first time I went to the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. Times were different - we shot film, jobs were available, newspapers were robust, and my hair weave was rocking. Fast forward 15 years - film is almost obsolete, newspapers are hurting and my weave – well, lets pretend it never happened.