Photo report on inhabitants of two favelas in Brazil performed in 2014. Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho are two favelas which form the same community located on two adjoining hills in the south of Rio de Janeiro, near at hand Arpoador and the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
The term “favela” refers to a singular type of urban development that has developed on the margins of conventional urban space, on steep hills and unfit land for the classic real estate market, apart from the official State planning policy of the territory.
As a result, favela has his own rules, in terms of architecture, land, tax system, and of course public services that have been implanted more or less over time. The favelas are therefore a major issue for all Brazilian society in terms of integration and social cohesion.
With its 12 million inhabitants, the metropolis of Rio counts nearly 1000 favelas. The community of Cantagalo is about 5,000 inhabitants and that of Pavão-Pavãozinho about 6,000, knowing – as a comparison – that Rocinha favela of Rio de Janeiro, which is the largest in Brazil, is about 100,000 inhabitants.
I lived in these two favelas which allowed me to take many shots with analog films, including intimate scenes of everyday life. A selection of 24 scanned photos of these two favelas in color is visible here:
The picture illustration below was taken in Cantagalo, on the roof top of a house (we can see besides the water tank at the bottom right). The child Kaike, whose name is tattooed on Dad’s back, is agitated and angry, so his father took him in his arms to calm him down and as a safety measure because there is no guardrail…