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All photos © June Canedo de Souza

In Two Places at Once

Artist: June Canedo de Souza 

Project: mara kuya

Description: As photographer June Canedo de Souza describes it, mara kuya, her series of images taken over the course of seven years, is “a reflection on belonging, mental health, and the power of telling one’s own story,” contextualized by migration, separation, and the impact mixed citizenship status has on a family, particularly its children. 

The tension and privilege of acquiring dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States permeates Canedo’s visceral photographs, taken in both countries. Her intimate portraits are flooded with warmth and a tender appreciation for her subjects as she documents the very nature of families and the notion of home.


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brandon Thibodeaux

Brandon Thibodeaux is a member of the New York-based photography collective MJR. His career in photography began at a small daily newspaper while studying photography at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas under Keith Carter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism from the University of North Texas with a specialization in International Development. He currently resides in Dallas, where he works for clients like Shell Oil International, Smithsonian Magazine, Mother Jones, Monocle, FT Weekend Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others, and is also a guest instructor with the Maine Media Workshops.

His work in the Mississippi Delta entitled When Morning Comes has been recognized by American Photo Magazine, PDN, New York Times Lens Blog,, and is internationally exhibited in galleries and museums. In 2009 he joined the ranks of the Getty Reportage Emerging Talent. In 2012 the Oxford American listed him as one of their 100 Under 100 New Superstars of Southern Art, and in 2013 his work in the Mississippi Delta was awarded the Critical Mass Top 50 Solo Show Award. He is the 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography recipient and 2016 Palm Springs Portfolio Review Prize winner.