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Pedro Lobo- Architecture of Survival: Images of a favela

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Over the years, along with the many winners of the International Fund for Documentary Photography, FiftyCrows has also honored other exceptional photo-essays. One such person that we recognized in 2003 was Brazilian photographer Pedro Lobo whose look at the favelas (shantytowns) of Rio de Janeiro offered a regal sense of home in contrast to the impoverished environment. Lobo achieved this through his use of photography in reference to architectural art history documents. He singled out individual homes from the thousands and documented them as if they were important monuments.

Lobo states: “I photograph these buildings in the same way that I would photograph monuments or privileged mansions. I construct these images with geometry, composition and a carefully planned structure, searching for a contemporary result that includes historical references to art and, in particular, to photography.”

Be aware that the intention of Lobo’s images is not to depict poverty, violence or misery, but to honor the human beings that struggle for survival with respect to their environment and livelihood. These are the homes of families, single mothers and widows- as well as drug lords, religious bosses and public authorities. His images glorify the rich colors which are traditional to Brazil and remind us of vibrancy of life that exists within the favelas.

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Written by Zara Katz

August 20, 2009 at 11:12 am

Posted in Environment, favelas, Poverty, Survival

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Photo Fund Winner Update: Jack Picone

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PiconeIn 2003 Jack Picone won the FiftyCrows IFDP award for his photo essay that looked at the AIDS epidemic in Thailand. The intention of his images was to give a voice to the courage and compassion of HIV-infected people who face social ostracism and stigmatization. For over a decade, Picone has been involved with photographing people and communities with AIDS as part of a London-based project called “Positive Lives.”


Picone has covered eight wars and photographed extensively in Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, Palestine, Liberia, Sudan, Central Asia, Europe, Australia and Thailand. His list of publications and awards rivals the countries he has traveled to and include World Press Photo, Amsterdam, Photographer of the Year, America and most recently UNESCO Documentary Award.

Picone resides in Bangkok and conducts photojournalism workshops throughout Asia. This year the workshop will take place in Australia from October 8th -13th in Sydney and between November 7th – 12th in Melbourne.


Jack Picone is currently working on a book titled “Blood and Love,” which overviews the past 25 years of his work.

Written by Zara Katz

August 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Posted in Health, Photo Fund Winners, Workshops

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