Like other photographers we have interviewed, Maíra Acayaba arrives at architectural photography after a path made up of disparate interests up to a precise choice. And it is an important meeting to be decisive, in this case, the one with Carlos Moreira. As a former student of Social Sciences, the young Brazilian has not lost a vision that goes beyond the pure aesthetic dimension to address broader issues, such as the impact of architecture on the mood of the people who live it. Soon, Maíra specialized in interiors and her works appeared in the most important magazines in the field, while her projects gave her great satisfaction in the artistic field, such as participation in some architecture biennials and personal exhibitions. She works in São Paulo, a city she loves so much that she has dedicated an architectural guide to her, which can be consulted here. Over the years, Maira has kept to some fixed points, such as her hatred for curved lines, her attempt to provide the viewer with an atmosphere more than a cold document, and the search for a silence that she explains here.

1) How did your background as a social scientist helped you develop a personal view on architectural photography?

I studied social sciences at the university but I do not consider myself a social scientist since I have been dedicating myself to architectural photography for 14 years. It would be great to shoot architectural projects of social interest but unfortunately, we do not have many in Brazil, I had the opportunity to shoot a few…I am always thinking about how to contribute positively to society. I hope that somehow, with architectural photography and art I am doing something like this…

2) You once said you liked the silence and that this kind of art allows yourself to look for it. It is still the same?

I think that silence and pause are meditative and reflexive moments that are important for life. And yes, I believe that art forms which can transmit this in some way are important for human development- silence and the frozen moment are principles inherent to any photography but in architectural photography, these are evident principles, we are always talking about space, time and existence.



3) Among your favorite photographers you included street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz but also the abstractions of Geraldo de Barros. Are you somewhere in between?

Joel Meyerowitz is an American photographer and although he is considered a street photographer, he has beautiful photos of interiors with a view of the sea, I am fascinated by the sea, for its infinite horizon… Geraldo de Barros is a Brazilian photographer, linked to modern photography and concrete art. I love his work with the abstract and the geometric …



4) How is it possible to convey a personal style in architectural or interior photography?

Our look is within us, all of our artistic references and everything we experienced is somehow printed in each photograph, some spaces make it possible to widen our gaze and others less, so, strong images also depend on what we are looking at and what we have to talk about it.

5) Tell us something about your taste in interior design. What your dream home looks like?

My dream home is a mix of regional and modern architecture, vernacular with brutalism – a mixture of simplicity and contemporaneity like this Tadao Ando project in Mexico: HTTP://



6) What about your followers? Do you spend much time thinking about how to increase your fan base? Does it help in your work?

I am concerned about keeping my site and Instagram aesthetically pleasing but I am not too concerned with the number of followers, I believe that the quality and interest of a few may be worth more!

7) What is the question you hoped for and that I didn’t pose? What’s your answer?

What do you like most about architectural photography?
Architectural photography is very objective, but the idea of transporting those who look at that photography to that place… it is what interests me today in any photograph. But with a good perspective… it can transport you even to outer space 😉