1990 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

Miguel Fairbanks

01 January, 1989

Train surfing in Rio de Janeiro: 'McDonald', or Joabe Pereira da Silva (16), shares a small room with his mother and brother in the dangerous Baiada Fluminense slum, where on average, five people are murdered a day. They pay $10 US a month in rent. Here youth practice train surfing, which cost 144 youths their lives in one year. The 'surfistas' form a tight-knit group, worshipping such movie heroes as Sylvester Stallone and Charles Bronson.

About the photographer

Miguel Fairbanks

Technical information

Nikon F3

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