Tudo Bom?! - A look back at week one
Copa do Mundo, I'd like to introduce you to Copa do Povo. The cost of living in Brazil, especially Rio and São Paulo, has exploded since the announcement of the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. And for the poorest, it has been too much to bear. Copa do Povo is the result. A tent city sprung up on an abandoned hillside approximately 5 weeks ago and now houses approximately 5000 residents. Living in plastic shanties, the families survive on donations and the support of the MSTS, a local organization that supports homeless people in São Paulo. The hope is that there will be a new housing development that they will be built to permanently house them, but in the meantime, the community is making the best of it...
At long last, it's begun. Tudo Bom! And it happened exactly as predicted. Confusion in São Paulo. A protest in the morning with an (over)excited police force. game in the evening with an (over)excited fanbase. Which is exactly what we're hoping this project possesses. Joy on one end. Frustration on the other. It was a big first day. More to shoot in the morning....
So many facets of Brazil and Brazilian culture are being affected by the World Cup. But so many are not. For example, São Paulistas love 1990s era New York City rap music. Everything about it. Graffiti. Freestyle battles. Gangster beats. All for the love of the music too. It's still a very local scene. Samba loops. Live instruments. Portuguese slang. But it's not a novelty. It's rap music in the old school sense of the genre. It must have something to do with all the concrete.
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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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