This summer Brazil is hosting the mother of all sporting events.  The World Cup.   A Copa do Mundo.  12 cities stretched across 4000 miles will play host to matches and festivities and throngs and throngs of fútbol fans.  And with the Olympics next in line, this is the beginning of Brazil’s global moment.  The entire country is going to be on fire.  There will be parties in the country and protests in the cities and people in the streets and I’ll be there to photograph it all. Starting on June 13th, I’ll be road-tripping from the south to the north.  São Paulo.  Rio de Janeiro.  Belo Horizante.  Salvador.  Natal.  Recife.  Fortaleza.  And then back to Rio in time for the final match on July 13th. Everyday new images from the road.  Photos and videos.  A visual diary of my trip, from end to end.  Some of it will be planned and some will be spontaneous.  This project isn’t really about football or the World Cup.  It’s about a place and its people and capturing the energy of a country on the move.  I hope to see you out there.  

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Zackary Canepari is one of our original Global Ambassadors and a member of Panos Pictures.  Born in 1979 in Boston, Massachusetts, Zack is an photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary projects. After studying photography in Paris and San Francisco, he moved to New Delhi and worked as a photojournalist from 2007 to 2009. As a photographer, his work has taken him to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mexico, China, Brazil, Eastern Europe, and Nigeria for a number of clients, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. In 2009, Zack teamed up with filmmaker Drea Cooper and created "California Is A Place," a series of short documentary films about California. The films were screened at a number of international festivals, including Sundance and IDFA.  He is currently based in Northern California and in the process of completing his first feature documentary film titled “T-Rex”.  

You can see some of his work shot for the ambassador program on his page here.

All images shot on Sony DSC-RX1 and Sony α7R.

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