In 2007 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil started the process of an enormous transformation process to host both the 2014 FIFA world cup, and the 2016 summer Olympic games.

With the economy being favorable, due to the surge of commodity prices which Brazil vastly produces. The country turned its eyes into a huge investment in the sports infrastructure, while the investment in public services such has housing, health or security was minimal.

In 2016, while the World watched the Olympics, according to the Public Safety Institute of Rio de Janeiro, homicides went up by 20% and robbery went up more then 40%.

The question that remains in the air is: Why is the price to pay for the major sports events bringing cities to bankruptcy?

46750 is a visual account of the last decade of the city. A portrait of the so-called “wonder city”, with all its contrasts and complexities. 46750 is also the number of homicides that occurred in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, an average of 13 homicides per day for the decade 2007-2016, the time João Pina worked in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro.

Over the years, this body of work has been published in magazines such as The New Yorker, Stern Magazine, El Pais Semanal, The New York Times, and acclaimed with awards such as Estação Imagem 2017, PDN Photo Annual 2010 and a finalist for the Henri Nannen Preis.

Now, it is the 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 at a special price. This funds will be used towards funding the printing of the book in March 2018.

The books will be shipped worldwide in June 2018.

Blume - (English edition)

Condor is a tribute to the memory of the victims of Operation Condor a secret military plan implemented in 1975 by six Latin American countries ruled by right wing military dictatorships to eliminate their political opponents. This plan resulted in “extrajudicial executions” of at least 60.000 people. For almost a decade João Pina, has traveled extensively trough Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to document what is left of the Condor years.

“ It is the forgotten quality of this disturbing episode of contemporary history that João Pina’s magnificent and haunting book of images seeks to evoke. In the pictures of relatives, of execution spots and torture chambers, or in the places where vanished people were last seen — and in the emotional faces of their mothers, fathers, children and lovers, Pina provides a heartfelt epitaph for people who’s lives were expunged secretly, their bodies disappeared, and at times, the fact of their very existences left in doubt.”
Jon Lee Anderson – staff writer The New Yorker


“The smallest of efforts is necessary; all energies are needed to transform the sad expressions and infinite pain reflected in João Pina impressive photographs contained in this indispensable book into smiles of hope.”
Baltasar Garzón – Spanish Judge

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Assírio & Alvim - 2007 (Portuguese edition)

This story means much more to me than just photography. It is about my own heritage as a young man. It is about me, even if it happened many years before I was born. It is about a very small group of people that were arrested, tortured and sentenced to many years in jail because they thought differently. Both my grandparents were part of this group. My grandmother Albertina Diogo and my grandfather Guilherme da Costa Carvalho (who died in 1973) were members of the Portuguese communist party and fought with their ideals against a fascist regime that lasted for 48 years in Portugal making it the longest dictatorial regime of western Europe in the XX century.

The story is neither new nor is it exclusive to fascist regimes, but to me, marked by this heritage and seeing how uninformed my generation is about what happened only a few years before we were born, it had always made me unconformable. I felt it was my task to revive their memory so that they do not die (as some already did) with their stories. I paired up with Rui Daniel Galiza, a young Portuguese writer, to interview and record these people’s tales. What is shown through these pictures is but small sample of what thousands of people suffered in Portugal, and unfortunately still do in other countries with other regimes. This is my homage to the ones who still fight for what they believe in regardless of the high price they will have to pay.

João Pina