These images are of Rio’s street vendors and working class that inhabit its infamous favelas. They brought me into their homes and showed me how to cook Brazilian food, how to dance Brazilian forró, and taught me about the slave history of the city. I saw a deeply cultural side of Rio I would have missed without connecting with this community. You can see a video of my experience here.
After making a documentary about the social and environmental impact of tourism, I started a company called Lokal that makes it easy and safe to book culturally immersive experiences around the world.