Mobile Photography – Latin American Mobile Festival and Awards 2017

The Latin American Mobgrafia (mobile photography) Festival, FLAMOB, is an unprecedented initiative in the image world which aims to promote visual production on mobile platforms.

mObgraphia Cultura Visual produces in 2017 the 4th Festival edition at MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo the most important visual arts venue in the country and during 45 days, displaying the exhibits as part of the official museum program.

This year on Latin American Festival, mObgraphia Cultura Visual at first will prioritise visual narratives in a more comprehensive way, and participants could explore themes showing stories they want to tell in a visual format: an essay.

Subtitles and short texts about the essay are welcome. “What’s your story?” opens diverse opportunities for visual storytelling.

This is an important shift in the path of festival award, focusing on building sets of stories, whether real or imaginary, that shows the current moment in mobgrafia (mobile photography as we call in Brazil) production, in addition to separate images so commonly found in social networks.

All other categories (except for essays), will have images submitted through participants open Instagram accounts with specific tags.  (Street, bw, portrait, documental, arts and landscape).

Submissions closes on 2 April 2017.


Rosa Roth (The Smart View)

Manuela Matos Monteiro (Mira)

Pierre Le Govic (Out of the Phone)

Daniel Berman (Mobile Photo Awards)

Flavio Samelo (Vista Art)

Rodrigo Vieira (prized Brazilian mobile photographer)


Essay Jurors

Diógenes Moura (curator)

Iatã Cannabrava (cultural producer)

Jorge Bodanzky (filmmaker)




The festival winners images will be displayed during 45 days occupying the whole second floor of the museum, that opens for the fourth time it’s doors to the mobile photography community.

HIKARI CREATIVE The art of urban observation

​Collective composed by Adriana Zehbrauskas, Ako Salemi, Eric Mencher, Marina Sersale e Q.Sakamaki using mobile photos as a statement of the importance of art in daily life. Its members are recognised photojournalists from communication vehicles such as NYT, Reuters and more.

Check it out:


Special exhibition that will take place simultaneously to the 4th edition of Latin American Mobgrafia Festival at MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo.

For the first time, 4 world-renowned photographers, established in their art and paths, will produce essays using smartphones, showing the unavoidable change in production methods, media and visual arts, and building a bridge between tradition and innovation.

Curatorship of Fausto Chermont.

German Lorca, Maureen Bisilliat, Nair Benedicto, Penna Prearo, with ages from 68 to 94 years old, a remarkable generation in photograph tradition, embracing the new technology and the inclusion of this new visual art.

Submission for the Festival Awards until April 2nd.

Exhibition opening and award ceremony, on April 12 at 7 pm.

Exhibits from April 13 through May 28.

Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo (MIS)

Av. Europa, 158,

Jd Europa, São Paulo – SP, Brasil.


About mObgraphia

Our role is to widen and strengthen the power of telling stories as it happens, to multiply a creation as soon as the artist understands that it is ready to go into the world, to create conditions for people to meet, debate, learn and teach, disseminating more and more this true rebirth of photography.

Today it´s possible to capture, edit and share in real time what has been seen, providing power and inclusion in a democratic and unprecedented way in the history of communication.


Smartphones are not just part of our lives, they are part of who we are, of how we relate and how we communicate.

This cultural, artistic and technological movement is essentially democratic and inclusive, bringing together not only photographers and filmmakers, but also anyone who wants to express their art and tell their stories.



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