Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 2016. Read the full story
Much has been written about the crime-infested "no-go" zones that are Brazil’s favelas. But is there nothing more to the lives of their residents? During my month-long stay in several favela communities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, I discovered individual stories that were more nuanced and hopeful than widely believed. While poverty forces them to live in these notorious districts, the vast majority of residents want to dodge trouble, and many dream to triumph over their hardships.