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Noah Addis June 9, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Brazil.
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Jardim Edite Favela. São Paulo 2009

Noah Addis (b.1975, USA) worked as a staff photographer at the Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, NJ until 2008, when he left to work on long-term personal projects. His photographs have been published in: The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, People, US News & World Report and many others. Noah was part of a team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2005. Other awards include New Jersey Photographer of the Year three times, runner-up in the portfolio category of the NPPA Best of Photojournalism and  POYI . In 2010 he had an exhibition at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and was awarded a career development fellowship by the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. He is currently represented by  Corbis.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is from ‘Future Cities’ a long-term project documenting the residents of squatter communities in the world’s major cities. The Jardim Edite favela (slum) in São Paulo was built near an affluent business district. The residents, including Arnaldo Reis and his family, were evicted in 2009 and their homes were demolished. Many of the residents moved to other favelas in the area, some of which are also slated for demolition. Many squatters are hard-working citizens who, through lack of education or poor job opportunities, are forced to work in low-paying jobs and do not earn enough to rent a legal home. The vast majority are not criminals. They are merely looking for a safe place to live. As one squatter living under high-tension power lines in a favela in São Paulo told me, my dream is to have a legal address.”

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