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Mariana Topfstedt

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, Ontario

My nature has always been to be more observant than talkative, I believe this helped me to find a way to express myself through photography. Working as a freelance photojournalist for 4 years in São Paulo, Brazil, I have learned more and more about the value of photography by meeting people and knowing about their lives, knowing the difference and not having a pre-judgment of anything. What I always seek is reality and truth.

Although most of the time I was looking for relevant news, being on the streets gave me the perception that everything around me is important. What I'm going to photograph I do not know, it can be a beautiful thing or a tragedy. However, everything is part of life, not only my life but everyone's lives.

Going to this unique and timeless moment puts me in direct contact with the world and, consequently, it makes me understand life better and live intensely. I only photograph what is happening, so the outcome that these images will have on the viewer is not me who will tell.


Work


Inside the Studio


Q+A

Only thing you need when you leave the house

camera

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

art fairs

Why is art important to you?

freedom of expression

Upcoming Exhibitions

Toronto

Select Past Exhibitions
2017

Toronto
Annual Chang School Photography Exhibition

2018

Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2018

City Hall, Toronto
II Week of Brazil in Toronto

Accolades
2015

Book The best of Brazilian Photojournalism
published

2016

Book The best of Brazilian Photojournalism
published

2018

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Eyes of Society Exhibition

2017

Annual Chang School Photography Exhibition
Honourable Mention

Press
2012

News websites
daily news

2013

newspapers, news websites

2014

newspapers, news websites

2015

magazine, newspapers , news websites

2016

news websites

Education
2012

SENAC
Certicate in Photography

2017

Ryerson
Continuing Education in Photography

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