In 2007 Rio de Janeiro, started an enormous transformation process in preparation for hosting both the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympic games. 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 worked there; that’s an average of 13 homicides per day. The question that remains is: Why is bankruptcy the price to pay for mega sports-events?
João Pina is a freelance photographer born in Portugal in 1980. He began working as a professional photographer at age eighteen, and graduated from the International Center of Photography’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program in New York in 2005. Pina’s photographs have been published in D Magazine, Days Japan, El Pais, Expresso, GEO, La Vanguardia, New York Times, New Yorker, Newsweek, Stern, Time, and Visão, among others. His work has been exhibited at the Open Society Foundations (New York), International Center of Photography (New York), Point of View Gallery (New York).