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"Brazil is Synonymous with Inequality": Aerial Images Reveal Wealth Gap in Brazilian Cities

Paraisopolis, São Paulo. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal ScenesMorro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal ScenesItanhanga, Rio de Janeiro. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal ScenesDona Marta, Rio de Janeiro. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes+ 12

Most people are familiar with the concept of social and economic inequality, but although it affects a large part of the world's population, it is still somewhat abstract for many people. Photographer Johnny Miller intends to make it visible through his project Unequal Scenes, capturing images of spatial inequality from a very revealing perspective: aerial imagery.

The project started in South Africa, a country that is socially and spatially marked by apartheid, and now has been taken to Brazil to document scenarios in which extreme poverty and wealth coexist within a few meters, showing how distance is not only a measurement of physical length but can also imply more complex aspects, deeply rooted in our society.

Social Inequality, As Seen From The Sky

Across the world, urban clusters have —to a greater or lesser extent— social and economic differences. Reflected in space, these imbalances of income and access to education, health, sanitation, and infrastructure generate ruptures more or less visible —although drastically felt.

Although a daily reality for some, socio-spatial inequalities can often go unnoticed. Photographer Johnny Miller states, "Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground... Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings." Miller's photo series 'Unequal Scenes' seeks "to portray the most 'Unequal Scenes' in [the world] as objectively as possible."

Cidade do México, México. Image © Johnny Miller PhotographyNairóbi, Quênia. Image © Johnny Miller PhotographyAssentamento Kya Sands em Joanesburgo, África do Sul. Image © Johnny Miller PhotographyAssentamento Kya Sands em Joanesburgo, África do Sul. Image © Johnny Miller Photography+ 16