Photographer Interviews

Photographing the Dark Side of the Gold Medal in Rio

December 1, 2016

By Martha T. Moore

© Peter Bauza

A woman who runs a rudimentary Internet cafe rests with three of her kids. Peter Bauza spent 15 months photographing in the community, sometimes camping out there several nights a week and gaining the trust of residents.

During the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro’s squalor was on display along with its beauty, despite the billions spent by Brazil to prepare for the Games. For photographer Peter Bauza, documenting the “dark side of the gold medal’’ led him far from the newly built sports venues to a hidden corner of the city: a complex of unfinished buildings where...

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