2009 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize

Carlos Cazalis


11 July, 2008

Street cleaners spray the area beneath an overpass with water in an attempt to dissuade people from sleeping there. Over 10,000 people in the metropolis São Paulo are homeless. The city authorities maintain 35 shelters for overnight stays, with a total capacity for 8,000 people, but many of those who sleep on the streets resist the rules and social conventions enforced in these hostels.

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Carlos Cazalis

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