1990 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

Miguel Fairbanks

01 January, 1989

Train surfing in Rio de Janeiro: As part of his 'baptism', or initiation rites into the Association of Train Surfers, 'McDonald', or Joabe Pereira da Silva (16) is dressed in drag and ridiculed by fellow 'surfistas'. The 'surfistas' form a tight-knit group, worshipping such movie heroes as Sylvester Stallone and Charles Bronson. Train surfing cost 144 youths their lives in one year.

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Miguel Fairbanks

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