In 2007 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil started an enormous transformation process in preparation for hosting both the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympic games.
With a favorable economy thanks to a surge in the prices of commodities Brazil produces, the country made a huge investment in sports infrastructure. However the investment in public services such as housing, health and security, was minimal.
In 2016, while the world watched the Olympics, homicides went up by 20 percent and robbery went up more than 40 percent, according to the Public Safety Institute of Rio de Janeiro.
The question that remains is: Why is bankruptcy the price to pay for bringing major sports events to cities?
46750 is a visual account of the city’s last decade, a portrait of the so-called “wonder city”, with all its contrasts and complexities. 46,750 is also the number of homicides that occurred in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area during the decade between 2007 and 2016, the time during which João Pina worked there; that’s an average of 13 homicides per day.
Over the years, material from this body of work has been published in outlets such as The New Yorker, Stern Magazine, El Pais Semanal and The New York Times, awarded Estação Imagem 2017, PDN Photo Annual 2010 and been a finalist for the Henri Nannen Preis.
Now, it is time for the work to become framed in time and history. Along with poetry written by Viviane Salles and design by Ramon Pez, 46750 is a book so we don’t forget.
This website exclusively pre-sells the book 46750. The books will be shipped worldwide in June 2018.