Two-panel black and white photographic print on porcelain

David Linger

At the age of 19, in 1968, in a period of unprecedented political and social upheaval, David Linger made the decision to leave the United States for Europe. Two years later in London, he met Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, two icons of Brazilian music who had been imprisoned and exiled for their activities as founders of the revolutionary / cultural movement Tropicália. In early 1972 the military grip on Brazil eased, and Gil and Veloso were able to return home. A month after their arrival in Salvador, Bahia, Linger bought a one-way ticket, borrowed $400 for pocket money, and met them there. Soon after, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he found his roots and lived for seven years. The friendships that began in England have endured until today. A resident of San Francisco for many years, Mr. Linger now spends as much time as possible in Rio de Janeiro. He describes San Francisco as the city of his heart, and Rio de Janeiro as the city of his soul.