The Collective Desvio Particular – which means Private Detour, an expression of the railway jargon that designates a railway line adjacent to the main one, which serves industrial or commercial companies located in the vicinity of the railways -, in partnership with the Brazilian Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH / Brazil) and by institutional support from Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM), has the honor of presenting the project “O êxodo Industrial e a Fotografia”.

The Collective, composed by André de Oliveira, Hugo Ribeiro, and Nayana Fernández, was formed to produce records of the deindustrialization process in the State of São Paulo.

Hugo Ribeiro’s photographs, which we now present, record the economic process’s signs along the old São Paulo Railway line. Also on this occasion, we offer to the virtual audience the texts “O Estado da Arte”, by the same photographer, and “A Indústria na orla da ferrovia Santos – Jundiaí na cidade de São Paulo”, by Fernando de Pádua Laurentino, author of master’s dissertation “Várzeas do Tamanduateí: industrialização e desindustrialização”.

Good exhibition to everyone.


We are doing a collective financing for the printing of the photographs of the exhibition “The Industrial Exodus and Photography” in the form of a photobook. Help us and get a copy. More information below.

Hugo Ribeiro de Paulo e Silva


Many acknowledgments are due to the Coletivo Desvio Particular, given that we count on the collaboration of several people who, in the middle of a pandemic, in person or remotely, made this essay possible. Cooperations were diverse, from abstract and complex discussions about economics to stories of buildings or neighborhoods, from employees who allowed us to enter the parking lot to take pictures, passing by the actual owners of historic buildings who gave us access to their properties, to academics and intellectuals who helped us, establishing contacts, opening doors or discussing historical concepts and phenomena.

Initially and primarily, we are thankful to the Brazilian Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH / Brazil), which so enthusiastically welcomed our project and supported us. We thank the person of Professor Dr. Eduardo Romero, to whom we are grateful for the attention you have given to the Collective and for the rich discussions you have had with us. Furthermore, I would like to thank Evandro Nogueira Santana Junior for his dedication to building the virtual exhibition page.

We want to acknowledge the Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos – CPTM for the prompt service and the authorization it gave us to photograph in the areas under its concession. Thanks to Rodrigo Pontes and Gerson Faria.

We show gratitude to the Faculdade das Américas for the authorization it gave us to photograph the interior of Campus Mooca, formerly Moinho Santo Antônio. We would also like to thank dear professor Lúcia Reisewitz, who helped us with the institution’s authorization request.

We would like to acknowledge the Centro de Memórias Queixadas, the Agência Queixadas and Quilombaque, for the stories told and the conversations, the directions, the explanation of the operation of the former Companhia Brasileira Cimento Portland Perús. Thanks to Camila Cardoso, Jéssica Moreira and Raul Costa. Long live the “permanent resistance”!

We thank the Abdalla Family for the authorization for photography and access to the former Companhia Brasileira Cimento Portland Perús.

As a use-value, a photograph hides, in the dimension of its exchange value, an infinite chain of economic and social relations, historically and politically determined, regionally and globally conformed, established between social beings.

Many of these social beings are hidden, in turn, in the confines of this country, in “favelas, hovels, malocas and floodplains”, where modern Brazil has never arrived, where the antediluvian wood stove has now returned to, where hunger was more present than the State.

Therefore, we dedicate this work to the “victims of hunger” and the “famines of the land”, to whom the union still hangs.

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