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National Geographic Magazine’s 1930 visit to the nation of Brasil…
The photos show a laid-back Rio. Absolutely nothing like the Rio of today.
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If you are coming from Bolivia and cross into Brazil at Corumbá, you can visit the Pantanal, continue on to the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul State (MS), Campo Grande (353 km), catch a bus going Southwest to Bonito (205 km). From here you can either go back to Campo Grande then on to São Paulo City or head South by bus through Paraguay to Falls Iguaçu.
From Corumbá to either São Paulo or Falls Iguaçu is for “hardcore” bus travelers.
Not a Blog about Brazil, but a professional photographer’s Blog who was in Brazil (Pantanal) doing a workshop. Impressive photos.
I was reading the O Globo online newspaper and noted their “Eu Reporter (I Reporter)” had a slide presnetation using phtos sent in by readers from around Brazil. Most of the photos are of Rio, but a few other locations are presented as well. Enjoy!
“Marvelous city, full of a thousand charms,” sang Aurora Miranda, in a 1934 Carnival hit that’s now Rio de Janeiro’s anthem. To put this song to the test, each year as many people visit Rio as live there—riding cable cars up to Pão de Açúcar, and trams through Santa Teresa; going inside belle epoque palaces at Cinelândia, and pleasure palaces at Copacabana; climbing to the Rocinha favela (shanty town) by minivan, and to “Christ the Redeemer” by train; shouting samba lyrics at the Sambódromo parade grounds, and “gol!” at Maracanã soccer stadium. In any other city, this would be exceptional. In Rio, you still have 992 delights to go.
Mr. Hiller’s intro:
Returning to Brazil after 25 years I was captivated once again by the charm and beauty of the country. No doubt the Brazilians are photogenic subjects, but it goes deeper than the image. Compared to the paranoia of people I’ve wanted to photograph on American streets, Brazil is absolutely refreshing.
Another way of being exists in Latin America, and Brazil’s own national psyche is distinctive. It’s a country of street poets, where taxi drivers and housewives wax philosophical about the meaning of life. It can be a brutal place, but beautiful too.
The image so often found in these photographs, of faces so wide open, is that of tolerance. Despite the incredible diversity in Brazil, acceptance is part of the language, both the one spoken and that of the body. When you greet someone you ask in Portuguese, “Tudu bem?“, “are you okay?” and it is really an invitation to interact, rather than a cue to go on your solitary way. There is no better place for a photographer. It’s okay to look.
But it’s not always a pretty picture. According to a World Bank study, Brazil has the most unequal distribution of wealth of any country. The fifth biggest nation in the world, Brazil has a population of 180 million people. Approximately 24 million Brazilians live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1 a day while the minimum salary of $65 per month hasn’t changed from when I lived there 25 years ago.
Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has plenty of challenges ahead. Relations with the United States are at an all time low. Unless we here in the north begin to recognize our southern neighbor, the price of further isolation will be too great. For all of us.
Canto do Brasil – click here
NOTE: The above mentioned numbers are out of date. The minimum wage is now R$415 or (US$ 228.00 @ 1.82). Brazil is presently experiencing an economic boom, which is changing the living standard and quality of life of its citizens; however, there is still much to be done.
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