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..
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
“…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
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.
After years documenting Baile Funk (2005-2011) in the suburbs and favelas of Rio de Janeiro, it’s time to show the work where it was made !
Photographs by Vincent Rosenblatt / Agência Olhares