Cornelius Kaess

Words by Cornelius Kaess.



(Brazilian Portuguese: [saw’dad i])


Describes an emotional state of melancholic or profoundly nostalgic longing for a beloved. A yearning for a happiness that has passed or perhaps never even existed. It is often associated with a repressed understanding that one might never encounter the object of longing again. It is a recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events, often elusive, that cause a sense of separation from the exciting, pleasant or joyous sensations they once caused. Saudade was once described as ”the love that remains” after someone is gone.

Saudade is a photographic ode to the shorelines around Rio de Janeiro — a visual journey that cuts across conventional landscapes and a record of memories I connect to this passionate culture and its personality.


Embarking on this journey, I tried to crystallise Brazil’s character and beauty — from the animated beach culture to the fiery passion of the youth, each moment holds the infectious and seductive rhythm that I aimed to discover. It’s an intimate diary, an instant that explores the essence of residing and interacting on the streets along the shores.

Immersed in scenes of teasing conversations and kisses on the beach, Saudade is my attempt to translate my experiences into a personal story — a salute to life, love and fellowship.


I am very grateful for the deep connections I was able to form. — obrigado!

Cornelius Kaess

German photographer, currently based in Paris.


His work has been published in magazines like Vogue Magazine, M le magazine du Monde, Financial Times, T mag, Porter mag, The Telegraph, CAP74024, Beauty Papers, Port, etc.


His clients include Theory, Isabel Marant, Lancel, Fursac, Armani, Net a Porter, Clinique, Costa Brazil, BA&SH, Aigle, Marriot, etc.