Starting June 12th, all eyes will be on Brazil. At Ooshot, we wanted to explore how photographers in Brazil interpret the country’s evolving landscape and its special relationship with football.
Below our selection of Brazilian photographers.
© Eduardo Zappia
“Goalposts can be found almost anywhere. From slums to sandy beaches.”
Ricardo Funari is a Brazilian photographer. In his images, football plays an essential role in the landscape.
© Ricardo Funari
Brazilian football childhood
What are the origins of this passion? Christophe Simon is a French photographer working for AFP Brazil and Tony Barros, a Brazilian photographer, owns a studio in the favela called City of God. Together, they depicted football through the eyes of children. Between February and May 2013, they gave cameras to a group of ten children and taught them the photography basics with only one assignment: telling their love for football. The results are poignant and whimsical. A partnership with AFP will continue until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
A few pictures from the project:
© AFP/ Alexanoa
© AFP/ Kauan Oliveira de Lima
© AFP/ Silvana
Caio Reisewitz and the relationship between urbanization and nature
The recent Sao Paulo metro strike highlighted ongoing social and environmental concerns in Brazilian society. Because of rising public transport costs, Brazilian authorities have faced protests since March 2013. People are also blaming officials for corruption and what they perceive as irresponsible spending for the World Cup. In May, a few Amazonia tribesmen joined the fray, demanding protection of their lands.
For 20 years, photographer Caio Reisewitz has studied the complex link between economic development and its consequences on Brazil’s environment. To share his learnings, he created photo collages that mix urban and rural landscapes. In a 2012 interview, he expressed his wish to “give the spectator the perception that something more global [was] happening within nature, whether mankind intervenes or not.”
© Caio Reisewitz
Giving « what we reject a way of not being rejected”
Laurence Guenoun, a French photographer based in Rio, uses her camera to explore the connections between nature, economic development and people. Her project, “O Jardim da Esperança”, depicts one of the world’s largest opencast landfills, near Rio. Its inhabitants, dubbed the “Catadores”, earn a living by transforming what’s around them; or in their words, giving “what we reject a way of not being rejected.” She is also working on a documentary about Jardim de Gramacho’s community, its inhabitants and the vision of the kids through the pictures they take.
Screenshot from Laurence Guenoun’s portfolio « Jardim de Gramacho »
“It’s not all about football”
In a recent interview, Marta Suplicy, Minister of the State of Culture in Brazil, said there is more to her country than Pelé, favelas and Carnaval. The World Cup theme and its promotional video are already facing tough criticism for the stereotypes they reinforce: singing in English and Spanish, Caribbean rhythms, grinning Capoeira dancers, a Cuban rapper, Pitbul… and Jennifer Lopez who actually hails from Puerto Rico.
The debate demonstrates that the many facets of a nation cannot possibly be depicted in a 3-minute song meant for mainstream listeners. Our Moodboard provides more glimpses of Brazil’s richness, from the eyes of its photographers.