2017 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize

Copacabana Palace


Peter Bauza

15 November, 2015

Edilane with Daniel, Davi and Esther, three of her seven children, rest on a mattress on the floor in one of the occupied buildings. Edilane has set up a small internet store in the buildings, constructing computers for the store by salvaging parts from around ten old ones. This brings in around US $5 daily.

Millions of people in Brazil live without secure housing. Government-backed social housing schemes, aimed at reducing an estimated shortage of 5.24 million homes in Brazil, have had limited impact. Some 300 families live in a neighborhood in Campo Grande, in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro, squatting in derelict apartment blocks: the remnants of a failed middle-class housing development of 30 years ago. Residents call the quarter ‘Jambalaya’, after a TV show, or sometimes ‘Copacabana Palace’ after a luxury hotel. Like many favelas and slums across the country, the quarter lacks basic infrastructure and living conditions are poor.

About the photographer

Peter Bauza

After graduating in international commerce, he first pursued a career for an international company, which took him to several countries where he also developed his visual languag...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
28.0 mm
Leica M

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