Sunday, February 5, 2012

Last year I spent some time in neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro that could be described as depressed. Because of government incentives to clean up the criminal activity in these neighborhood (favelas in Brazilian Portuguese), their internal landscape is slowly changing. Will the change be good or bad for the people of the favelas? Personally I don't know. Getting rid of the criminal gangs here is obviously a step in the right direction, but there is a social vacuum created by the elimination of the current power structure there. It is clearly a social experiment work in progress.

The slide show below is a compilation of images I took over a month last year when working on a project in the favela and a neighborhood just outside of one. The music is Tom Waits' Talking at the Same Time. The full size image slides can be found here:

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