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Marizilda Cruppe July 14, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Brazil.
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São Francisco River, Brazil. 2008

Marizilda Cruppe is a Rio de Janeiro-based photographer whose work examines Brazilian social inequality and poverty. She has been working as a full-time photographer for O Globo newspaper, part of Brazil’s largest media company, lately photographing mostly for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine supplement. She tried to change her way of working from news photography to documentary photography and in this new way, in 2005, was introduced to five other women photographers that then created EVE Photographers.

About the Photograph:

Brazil has huge reserves of water and extensive river basins. It has the world’s largest water potential with 17% of the total volume. Despite this abundance, water distribution is unequal. This photo is part of the story “On The Water Front”, EVE’s common 2008 project and was shot on the São Francisco river border at Bahia State. “My story is still in progress and focuses on the water topic that has been mostly discussed in Brazil: the San Francisco River transposition and water distribution for the population from the semi-arid Northeast region. The project have many pros and cons: the government says that the investment of 3.5 billion USD in the first part of the transposition project will benefit 12 million people; opponents say that the transposition will benefit only big farmers and rich producers.

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