We list some of the places in the capital of São Paulo that are worth visiting for photography and arts lovers.     

The city of São Paulo is a sea of attractions, it has activities for all types of audience: museums, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and several shops. Different cultural and surprising itineraries circulate through the city, which can be enjoyed by all people, including those who love art and photography.

In this post, we have separated some tips on where to go and what to do for those who want to increase their passion for the visual arts even more. Museums, galleries, shops, art rooms and countless options for those who want to enjoy and buy photographs, whether made by renowned artists or new names in art.

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Leica Gallery Sao Paulo

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THE Leica Gallery Sao Paulo is the first in Latin America and aims to support artists, promote workshops and meetings. Showing that even the structure of the place is linked to art, the building in which it is located was the same one that the artist Di Cavalcanti lived in.

On the first floor of the building is where the exhibitions take place, on the second there is a type of exhibition with some Leica brand artifacts. The exhibitions always mention more about the honored artist and provide a context for visitors.

Chroma Gallery

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THE Chroma Gallery focuses mainly on contemporary international photography. One of the functions of the institution is to promote collecting in the city of São Paulo. All visits must be scheduled, but by visiting the site you can get an idea of which artists will be on display and what you can find during the visit.

DOC Gallery

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THE DOC Gallery has as main objective to insert photography professionals in the job market. Therefore, they open their doors to photo reports and also contemporary photography. This space is located in Vila Madalena and has easy access for visitors.

An interesting fact about DOC Galeria is that they organize the São Paulo Photography Exhibition, which takes place annually. This event hosts several exhibitions in addition to bringing together restaurants, bars and shops.

Magnet Photo Gallery

THE Magnet Photo Gallery allows the meeting between artists and visitors. In addition to having a somewhat didactic footprint, for the curious and beginners in the career and in the world of photography. The collections are from great Brazilian photographers such as Walter Firmo and Iatã Canabrava, and some images are available on the website for online viewing.

In addition, a great strength of the place is the opportunity for workshops, workshops and courses, which bring specialized themes for new photographers to improve their techniques.

Urban Arts

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THE Urban Arts is a store that is spread throughout the greater São Paulo. The space works with more than 4 thousand independent artists from Brazil and the world. Therefore, they bring the models desired by any type of tastes and audiences. It has photographers, plastic artists, illustrators and much more.

It's worth visiting the stores even if you don't want to buy anything, because that way you can get a sense of what's being consumed in the art market. But to get an idea first, it is important to visit the company's social networks, which have several collections on display and there are almost always some events bringing together these diverse artists.

April 7th Street

Rua 7 de Abril is located in the central region of the city and is a great place in São Paulo for those who love photography. The street, in fact, has several photography shops available, where you can see camera models or buy spare parts.

If you have a lot of doubts about which camera to use in a given situation, why not try going to one of the stores? Take the opportunity to ask your questions or meet new models.

Moreira Salles Institute

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This is a special place for photography lovers in particular. Instituto Moreira Salles is an environment specialized in photography, as they do not have fixed exhibitions, the place carries many novelties and options to visit. The institute also has a specialized library, which is open to the public.

Located on Avenida Paulista, the building is the stage for events and workshops, in addition to providing a special movie program. Entrance to the exhibitions is free and to attend the Institute, just consult the schedule.


THE Utopian Gallery was one of the pioneers in dealing with modern and contemporary photography in Brazil. Since 2008 the gallery has left its mark, participating in several photography events.

The available collection counts with the participation of several national and international artists, who have different themes. In addition, it offers some workshops for study and research, just check the schedule on the website and enjoy.

Museum of Image and Sound

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The Museum of Image and Sound is full of cultural programs. It features photographic exhibitions, paintings and various other forms of art. This place works with varied options, even more in relation to the playful exhibitions, which have already been allocated such as: Tim Burton, Silvio Santos, David Bowie and many other Brazilian and international shows.

The museum's great attraction is the innovative format with very creative installations, bringing shows that stir your senses. In addition, it also allows for great interaction, transforming visitors into part of the exhibitions.

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