When the focus of the carnival is set on the glamorous Sambodrome and its tightly rythmed samba parades, curious creatures overflow the overlooked suburban streets of Rio, rekindling life in these forlone areas. The phenomenon set in motion dazes the eye. It truly follows the tradition of street-art: vivacious, inventive, ever evolving. It is here that lies Rio’s carnival’s real originality…
Photographs © Vincent Rosenblatt | Text by Julie Berranger
The recent WoldPress awarded feature by Tomasz Gudzowaty is available for the Brazilian editorial market through Agência Olhares
More than just parties, Bailes Funk are a necessity, a cultural right for the Afro-Brazilian youth. Despite of repression, 300 to 500 Bailes a week take place in the state of Rio, where between 500 and 5,000 funkeiros gather together.
Vincent Rosenblatt documents constantly the evolution of the Baile Funk scene since 2005..
A reportage by the Coletivo Mondaphoto.
Photographers : Carlos Aranda, Lizeth Arauz & Alfredo Pelcastre
In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Thai boxing is more likely than capoeira. Globalization and affinities: the martial art invented by Thai peasants and warriors echoes in the heart of Rio’s favelas youth. Not only as a way to distract or to defend themselves, but for some of them, the hope of one day becoming professional.
© Daniel Martins | Agência Olhares
A group of teenagers in the favela of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. From the “discoveries” on selulloid paper to the emotion of the first kisses..
Photos © Daniel Martins | Agência Olhares
Our correspondent Dario de Dominicis covered the elections in Belém do Pará, Amazon, where the results depend from the Judiciary to be proclaimed, as main candidates for senators Jader Barbalho (PMDB) and Paulo Rocha (PT) may suffer impeachment due to the new “Ficha Limpa” law (Clean record). Both are from the Dilma Roussef coalition.
Brazil elections seen from the favelas of Santa Marta and Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, by photographers from the favelas.
Photos © Daniel Martins & Ivanildo Carmo dos Santos.
“…The transition from afternoon to evening on Sundays is different from other days at Arpoador. The passage of time seems suspended. There’s a special lingering on the rocks, a not-wanting-to-go-home kind of pause. This Sunday kind of feeling seems to bring out the melancholy and mortality inherent in all personal photography.”
By Peter Lucas / Agência Olhares
Light idols, lasers, fireworks, and DJs worshiped like international popstars. The machines they drive make tens of thousands of young Amazonians from the Brazilian state of Pará dance.
Text & photographs by Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares
Reportagem by Benjamin Béchet
(available in Brazil via Agência Olhares)
When heavy rains fell over Rio de Janeiro on Monday 5th April, nobody could have predicted that they would leave behind such devastation. As if the inundation that spread across the city was not enough, the storms caused land slides in several favelas not only in Rio, but also in nearby cities as Niteroi, and more than 250 people died as a consequence.