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Meet Sil Azevedo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sil Azevedo.

Sil, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for photography started at age seven when I got a camera for Christmas, a Kodak Instamatic 133. I took my camera everywhere in my native city, Belo Horizonte, in Brazil. In Highschool, I discovered the darkroom and spent every free minute shooting and developing. I went to architecture and urban design school and continued to work on my photography portfolio while practicing architecture professionally.

I found that the two subjects are related as both rely equally on the artistic and technical sides. As a city boy, beauty to me is linked to human-made structures. I find solace in the rhythm of the city. Even when I shoot nature, urban poetics is an underlying reference.

Has it been a smooth road?
I immigrated to the US in 1991 with my family. I had been an exchange student in high school and fell in love with America. The initial plan was for me to take a sabbatical, focus on personal growth and study for a couple of years. These two years have turned into a lifetime. As I was starting my life in the US, I turned my passion for photography into a profession. I studied under inspiring photographers such as June Van Cleef, Charlie Freeman and Byrd Williams IV. They opened a world for me.

In 1999 I started to shoot professionally, which led to a shared studio on lower Greenville and then my own in a studio in Deep Ellum for many years. The biggest was to keep a balance between the artistic concepts and the practicalities of running a business. In 2004 I was invited to create the photography program at Parish Episcopal School in North Dallas and fell in love with teaching. Being an artist-teacher is the perfect fit for me. I currently teach at Fort Worth Country Day, so I am now very involved in the larger DFW community.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
My practice has evolved over time. I worked on editorial and commercial photography for many years until I had my first exhibition of my personal work in 2010. I currently focus solely on gallery work, collections of images from near and far, many of which end up on the fine walls of homes and buildings of Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. In 2016 my wife and I went around the world in a journey of personal growth, which I documented through journals and photographs. Collections can be seen on my site.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Dallas did not use to be cool when I got here in 1991. The city has changed over the years, new people are coming in, bringing a more urban, cosmopolitan vibe. I see more art, cooler shops, galleries and offices. We lived in the suburbs for over 20 years but after moving to uptown five years ago we did not want to go back. We love the walkable neighborhood, being close to the arts district and downtown. We enjoy our weekend walks through the city. I always find interesting scenes to shoot. In fact, after having travelled the world, I am working on a Dallas series.

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Sil Azevedo Studio

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