Carlos Moskovics

Foto Carlos - Carlos Moskovics was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1916 to Samuel and Rosa Moskovics. The Moskovics family emigrated to Brazil in 1927 and Young Carlos became a photographer's assistant aged just 14. Between 1938 and 1941, he worked at photographer Stefan Gal’s Studio Rembrandt, as well as at Sombra magazine. In 1942 he founded Foto Carlos, located on the ground floor of the Rex building in Cinelândia in the centre of Rio de Janeiro. It combined studio facilities, a lab and photographic agency services, all under one roof. During the following decade, he would build a reputation as one of the most active documenters of Rio society. Moskovics was highly regarded, and his services were sought after throughout the 1940s-1960s. His work included documenting all aspects of Brazilian civil and social life, including weddings, debutante balls, theatrical performances, military and public events. In 1945, he married Freida Galperin, and the couple had four children. In 1946 the studio moved to the Civitas building, on Mexico Street, where Moscovics established himself as a specialist in performing arts photography. Most known for his theatre photography, Moskovics also undertook other assignments, ORT commissions among them. He photographed the ORT Brazil Women’s Committee, a variety of ORT training courses, general education classes and more [see images]. In May 1971 he documented the inauguration of the ORT Institute of Technology in Rio de Janeiro and in 1986 World ORT Director General Harmatz’s visit to ORT Brazil [see images].

Carlos Moskovics died on 17 July 1988, in Rio de Janeiro. His photography collection is held at Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro.