The New Image Of Rio’s Favelas

Alto Vidigal
Favela Vidigal

 

Photojournalist Albertina d’Urso is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  These images are from her project ‘Favelas, The Rhythm Of Change‘.  To see Albertina’s projects click on any image.

 

Favela Rocinha

Favela Rocinha

 

Favela Rocinha

Favela Rocinha

 

Favela Vidigal

Favela Vidigal

 

The view from James house Favela Vidigal

The view from James house
Favela Vidigal

 

The favelas of Rio de Janeiro are mostly known for violence and drug trafficking. But, also if those problems still exist, life for most of the inhabitants has nothing to do with that. Favelas are becoming safer and better organized. The majority of them have running water and electricity and offer jobs, services and entertainments.

Changes are still at a very early stage and are different from one favela to the other, but there are some that today can be considered a fair place to live.

People that could afford to move out prefer to stay, and there are even people who are moving in by choice.

The Olympics had, in fact, pushed prices in the central areas too high for young middle-class Cariocas, so some of them are considering the option of living in a favela.

Moreover, affordable prices and breath-taking views are attracting a relevant number of foreigners. And also hostels, coffee shops, rooftop lounges and clubs are popping up.

 

Alessandra, tourist guide, photographer and jewellery designer, from Leblon in her terrace in Favela Vidigal

Alessandra, tourist guide, photographer and jewelry designer, from Leblon on her terrace
Favela Vidigal

 

Luciano, dog groomer Cidade de Deus

Luciano, dog groomer
Cidade de Deus

 

A selfie in the top of Favela Vidigal.

A selfie in the top of Favela Vidigal

 

Zezinho, tourist guide Rocinha

Zezinho, tourist guide
Rocinha

 

Favela Santa Marta

Favela Santa Marta

 

See also:

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

By Albertina d’Urso

 


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