Benjamin Abraham the unscrupulous character.
Benjamin Abraham (1901-1938), a Syrian-Lebanese who fled to Brazil in 1915, fleeing the mandatory enlistment call during the First World War. For a long time, he worked as a salesman until he became private secretary to Father Cicero. One of Benjamin Abraham jobs was to research Lampião, Maria Bonita and other outlaws.
Abraham was quite a bandit in his own right, when Father Cicero died, he came to pluck strands of hair of the deceased to sell as an amulet for pilgrims. But after six months of this lucrative trade, people realized that the priest did not have as much hair as well … and then Benjamin fled again.
After Abraham Fled he went in search of a new lucrative deal. He knew that Lampião was not only a Brazilian celebrity, but also become internationally known figure after the New York Times started to follow his footsteps.
So after much planning Benjamin Abraham sought a German company to borrow a 35mm camcorder and camera. With equipment in the luggage, Benjamin Abraham went into the hinterlands in search of the Lampião group. It took several months to find them, but when he finally had the opportunity, made about 90 photographs of bandits, many of them spontaneous.
With all of the photographs taken by Benjamin Abraham of the Lampião Bandit Gang, he made a successful business selling the story and the photographs to newspapers of the time. But the life of the Syrian would not last long. In 1938, Lampião who was killed, two months later, Benjamin was also killed.
More stories are detailed in the biographical book written by Pernambucano de Mello, “Benjamin Abraham: between angels and bandits” (Publisher scriptures).
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