Copacabana Palace (English, German and Portuguese Edition), by Peter Bauza
This photography collection recently won the prestigious Visa d'Or Feature Award.
A rare intimacy and level of trust between the photographer and the occupants of Copacabana Palace is captured in these pictures.
A groundbreaking work reflecting on a global problem: the UN reports more than 1 billion people worldwide without adequate shelter, and Brazil is no exception.
"Paradise is here, hell is here, madness is here, passion is here." - this statement about Rio, from the renowned Brazilian composer and singer Francis Himes, became Peter Bauza's motto while photographing the residents of Copacabana Palace. The six blocks of this uncompleted housing compound, named after the famous luxury hotel on the even more famous Copacabana Beach, have become a place of shelter and hope for some 300 'sem teto, sem terra families' - 'those without roof or land'.
Peter Bauza's superb pictures form a highly perceptive tale of their lives: their everyday moments of joy and sadness, their needs and illusions, but also the beauty and strength of a community that has emerged against all odds in these precarious circumstances.
Copacabana Palace is a typical example of Brazil's internal dichotomy of wealth: millions of Brazilians fight for the barest bones of survival, while the government goes through one of its most severe political and economic crises, yet spends billions on infrastructure for world sports events. This true story is at once a documentary and a poetic diary, chronicling a shared life.