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) 




2022- Tiradentes/Rotterdam Photography Festival  

2021- Lucie Photobook Prize - Independent Category Finalist  

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

2020- (group) Visa pour l'image Festival (screening)  


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).