Foreword by Sérgio Cabral Filho, Governor of Rio de Janeiro.
This first and extraordinary investigation by author and photographer Douglas Mayhew takes readers to places -- both physical and intellectual -- that most Brazilians themselves have never visited, never mind the rest of the world: the notorious shantytowns called favelas.
Ruled as fiefdoms by drug lords and other criminals, the favelas have sprung up illegally throughout Rio and captured Mayhew's attention. This gifted photographer is the first to not only enter and report, but also to create a visual story explaining these environments through photos and essays. Exhibitions are planned for Geneva, Madrid, London, Germany, among others, in tandem with the Brazilian government, which has supported this project and will facilitate its worldwide publication.