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Michael Heffernan

“Boys in the Favela”


This image was taken in the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro. These neighborhoods are ruled by drug lords and there are regular shoot outs between different gangs and the police. Michael is a photographer with 22 years experience, based in London. Shooting on location worldwide, he photographs for a diverse range of clients to produce images which are spontaneous and natural looking. Michael continues to work on personal projects, most recently photographing gang members in the favelas of Rio and religious festivals in Bali.

Selected by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.