Courrier International


In recent years, Brazil has spent billions on infrastructure to host global sporting events. Yet these investments have been of little benefit to the country’s homeless population: in spite of housing programmes and government efforts, Brazil’s sem tentos and sem terras are looking at a bleak future. More than 300 families have found shelter in an unfinished apartment complex. The squatters jokingly call it the Copacabana Palace, referring to the famous luxury hotel in Rio. Their palace, however, is rife with dengue fever, meningitis, gastrointestinal illnesses and skin disease, caused by the absence of running water and sanitation. With his Leica M240, Peter Bauza documented daily life in an occupied building in Rio.

Camera & Lens

Leica M (Typ 240) / Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 Asph


Peter Bauza

The German documentary photographer Peter Bauza has lived in South America for the past 20 years, and is represented by the Echo Photojournalism agency. A selection of the Copacabana Palace images were recently on display at the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, where his work received the Arthus-Bertrand Visa d’or 2016. His book, Copacabana Palace, was published by Edition Lammerhuber in August 2016. He is represented by the Italian Echo Photojournalism Agency.

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