Pedro Simões

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Born in 1951, the photographer Pedro Simões holds the largest collection of images from the memory of the city. He is so much interested in the past that he also owns an antique shop and a jumble sale called  Sinal dos Tempos. Situated in the heart of Barra do Piraí, the store sells furniture, clothing and vintage hats.

Pedro Simões. Photo: Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias

Among valuable pieces, there is an oratory made of rosewood from the 19th century, a bronze statue of Our Lady of the Conception and a Swiss cuckoo clock. Pedro shares the place with the photography studio owned by Simões, who is the professional preferred by the families in the region. "I take pictures of weddings where the brides' grandparents were also photographed by me when they were younger," he says. He learned his art from his father, a famous portraitist of the municipality.

"I started taking photo with those pinhole cameras," he recalls. Simões keeps his photo negatives preserved on glass slides, something rare in digital times. He also conserves  a precious picture of Barra do Pirai taken in 1854 which was found in the street by a garbage collector.

Rare images of Piraí. Photo: Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias

A part of his collection is the estate of Cine-Theater Esperanza, erected in 1933. People say the composer Herivelto Martins would have started his acting career at the now extinct Cine-Theater Esperanza. Simões is scanning his entire photographic collection. "I'm single and I have no children. I cannot let the story die with me," he intends to donate his collection of images to a cultural center before.

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Address: Paulo de Frontin Street, 9, Downtown, Barra do Piraí.
Phone: (+55 24) 2443-1167

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