RODRIGO PETRELLA
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Photographers used to posing and "capturing" fashionable images run the risk of voyeurism, that is, ojectifying or glamorizing human beings, rather than presenting nuance images that comunicate deeper meanings to the viewer. Indeed, Petrella's photographs are beautifully rendered revealing a level of technical accomplishment and polish, and yet, he works on a far more substantive level grounded in respect to reveal subtleties about the social, economic and physical environment of the indigenous people we see in the finished images. Viewing his Amazonian images, it is clear that Petrella developed a thorough understanding and respect both of the lives of the people he photographed and the communities that sustained their lives. It also was to clear to me that he earned the respect of the indigenous communities themselves, allowing him to be initiated into their communities to hear their histories and tell them to us through photographic images. Seeing his work encourages all fo us to learn more about this remarkable region and to examine ots myriad of meanings. This is the spirit of his work.

John Haworth (Cherokee)

Director, the George Gustav Heye Center

Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian, New York City