In Brazilian Portuguese the word Cafuné is a gesture of affection towards a loved one.  

This project is a gesture of affection towards Rio de Janeiro in all its extremes.  

Focusing tangentially on the "pacification" of the favelas in Rio, the book is a document of the Marvelous City during the World Cup, the Olympic Games, the Pope’s visit and the massive protests in 2013.  


While the work documents a fundamental period in Brazilian history, the project is both personal and intimate.  

A photographer's diary of the joy and sorrow of a city as intense and unequal as Rio de Janeiro.  

A personal reconciliation and a bittersweet farewell to a place and a time of extremes. 


1st edition - Sep 2020 

Designed by Ramón Pez.  

Hardback / Clothbound. 

105 tritone images.  

29.5 x 25 cm (11.6 x 9.8 inches).  

ISBN: 978-84-09-19343-1 

€49.90 / $58 / £43 (plus shipping costs) 




2023- Urban Photo Awards/Trieste Photo Days - Urban Book Award Winner  

2023- International Photography Awards - Book Monograph Honorable Mention  

2023- Muse Photography Awards - Platinum Winner  

2023- Florida Museum of Photographic Arts - International Photography Competition Winner  

2023- Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert - Screening  

2022- MIFA. Moscow Foto Awards - Silver Book Documentary 

2022- Tiradentes/Rotterdam Photography Festival - Screening 

2021- Lucie Photobook Prize - Independent Category Finalist  

2020- Prix de la Photographie Paris - Book/Documentary Professional Silver Award Winner  

2020- Visa pour l'image Festival - Screening & Book Presentation  


Over the years, material from this body of work has been published in outlets such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais Semanal, Gatopardo, Der Volkskrant, Helsingin Sanomat, Le Monde, L´Expansion and Paris Match, and been awarded with POYi Award of Excellence, Photocrati Fund Honorable Mention, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Grant Finalist, International Photography Awards, Emphasis Crowdfunding Campaign winner and Prix ANI (Association Nationale des Iconographes) Finalist.  

It has been exhibited in (solo) Patio de Escuelas Universidad de Salamanca, (solo) Visa pour l'image Festival XXV (France), Photon Festival (Spain), Efti School (Madrid), Academia de España (Italy) and in the group exhibitions Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Paraty Em Foco (Brazil), Bronx Documentary Center (USA), "DKV Creadores de Conciencia” (Europe), DOCfield14 (Spain) and "Upfront Colective” (Spain).  



“It’s not easy to work in Rio de Janeiro, which can be very violent at times and as a photographer you can be vulnerable at those moments. That makes the work of Rafael special, his intimate and poetic images shows he is capable of winning the trust of people. It’s a beautiful mix of daily life and the hardcore economic and political realities in Brazil. He has developed a strong signature and therefore deserves the award.”  

- Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR images)  

With these words, URBAN 2023 Commission member and world renowned photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen describes the winning project of the URBAN Book Award 2023, the section of the international photo contest dedicated to authorial projects destined to become photographic books.  


CAFUNÉ, by Spanish photographer Rafael Fabrés has won the award over 120 other competing projects. The photo book will be published by Exhibit Around APS and officially presented at Trieste Photo Days, the international festival dedicated to urban photography (27-29 October 2023 – Trieste, Italy). The project will be displayed during the festival together with URBAN Photo Awards winners in a collective photographic exhibition at Xenia Hall, in the heart of the city.