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Anybody who has nearly been knocked over by an old lady running for a seat on the Metro at Central Station, or been part of the hoards jumping on the escalators, shouting “Tchu Tcha Tcha” during Carnival, will know that the underground transport system in Rio is a colourful place. So colourful that it inspired photographer Marcelo Carnaval to document it.
For Carnaval, the metro is a wholly democratic space where complete opposites come together. He also explains that it is an almost magical place, where those who are pressed for time learn to wait, and those who move slowly are given a kick, whilst people get up to date on the news reading over strangers’ shoulders and where noise induces sleep. This is the sort of magic he portrays in his photographs, which can be seen in the Centro Cultural Justicia Federal until the 1st July.