Rio de Janeiro: Everyday Football Portraits

Collection with 10 media items created by Luke Dennison

Brazil 02 Apr 2015 00:00

This photo essay documents football in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. My focus was on the local players rather than the game, but at the same time eluding to the sport throughout the essay.

Football serves as more than a past time to many of the residents of Rio and its favelas, it brings a certain hope that transcends dreams. The sport seemed to be the beating heart of each of the communities I visited and photographed, a common passion and dream shared by children and drug traffickers alike.

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Football in Rio Favelas 01
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

Football net at night in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 10
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

Local kids pose outside of the football field in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 09
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A young girl balances on the fence outside of the football field in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 07
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A man bounces a football on his knee on Botafogo beach, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 08
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A boy from Morro do Salgueiro wears a necklace depicting Mother Mary.

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Football in Rio Favelas 06
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

A local girl poses at the football field in Morro do Salgueiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 05
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A young boy strikes a pose outside of Botafogo metro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 04
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

A young player pauses mid game in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 03
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
30 Mar 2015

Two boys guarding the net during scrimmage in Morro do Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro.

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Football in Rio Favelas 02
Rio de Janeiro
By Luke Dennison
02 Apr 2015

Washington leans against a fence at the football field in Pavão Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro.