Brazilian Pulse The City: Sao Paulo, Brazil (PHOTOS)
Beaches, nightlife, wildlife—Brazil’s largest city has it all. From the wacky architecture of Oscar Niemeyer to the colorful graffiti transforming the walls of crumbling favelas, see snapshots of the under-appreciated cultural hub.
An aerial view shows off the contours of the Copan Building, which was designed by the Brazilian architect
Oscar Niemeyer and functions as a 38-story residential building. Niemeyer’s abstract visions can be found throughout the city.
A fruit vendor in the Municipal Market stacks her colorful wares.
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Visitors to the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo sit on the fountain outside.
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A cowboy rides a bull during an international competition in Sao Paulo. The bulls used for the rodeo weigh from 600 to more than 1000 kilograms and are prized for their agility.
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A young boy hops onto a truck carrying oranges in the Vila Flavia favela. Behind him is graffiti painted by artists from OPNI, an organization that uses graffiti to improve life in the slums. OPNI, a Portuguese acronym that means “Unidentified Graffiti Artists,” was formed by street kids with the goal of transforming the streets into an open-air gallery to denounce social injustices. It now offers workshops in art, capoeira dance, and graffiti to the community.
A hiker admires a waterfall in the Sao Francisco Xavier area.
A glowing orange sunset illuminates a mother and her children as they stroll along a Sao Paulo beach.
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The skyscrapers of Sao Paulo glimmer at night, as seen from the city’s tallest bar.