The collection comprises almost 1,000 photographic prints from the oeuvre of the Brazilian photographer Marc Ferrez, whose
work encompassed a photographic vision of imperial and early modern Brazil, as well as approximately 775 photographic prints
by photographers active in Brazil from 1860 to 1940. The photographers represented include J. S. Affonso; Carlos Bippus; Fritz
Büsch; Companhia Photographica Brazileira; Guilherme Gaensly; Gaensley & Lindemann; João Goston; Pedros Hees; Alberto Henschel;
Revert Henrique Klumb; George Leuzinger; Guilhermo Liebenau; Augusto Malta; Augusto Militaõ de Azevedo; Mortimer; Augusto
Riedel; and Stahl & Wahnschaffe.
The Brazilian businessman, historian, curator, photographer and collector, Gilberto Ferrez, was born into a family immersed
in the visual arts. His great grandfather and great uncle, the sculptors Zépherin and Marc Ferrez, arrived in Brazil with
the Mission Artistique français in 1816. Greatly admiring the country, they settled there and Zépherin soon went on to design
Brazil's first commemorative medal, commissioned for the 1822 coronation of Dom Pedro I. Gilberto's grandfather was the photographer
Marc Ferrez; and his father, Júlio Ferrez, a film director and cinematographer, was also the Brazilian Pathé Frères representative,
selling Pathé equipment and films and running the Pathé cinema in Rio de Janeiro. Together his grandfather, father and uncle
Luciano used the Pathé connection to expand Marc's photography business into a firm encompassing both still and moving images.