Copacabana Palace

AI-AP-Latin American Fotografie 5
Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016 SILVER
Visa d’or Award for Features in Perpignan, France dura Visa pour L’Image 2016
SIPA Siena International Photo Award - Pangea Award 2016 for Storyboard
Days Japan Photojournalism Special Jury Award
World Press Photo Contest 2017, 3rd prize
Hansel-Mieth-Preis 2017
American Photography AP 33
FEP European Book Prize of the Year Award 2017
POY Latam 2017, first prize category Daily Life

Peter Bauza
24 × 30 cm
208 pages, 185 photos

English, German, Portuguese
Hardcover, bound in linen,
„French Fold"-jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-19-7
August 2016

Copacabana Palace

„Paradise is here, hell is here, madness is here, passion is here.“ This statement of the renowned Brazilian composer and singer Francis Himes about Rio became Peter Bauza‘s motto when he photographed the people of Copacabana Palace. The six blocks of this uncompleted housing compound
have become a place of shelter and hope for some 300 ‚sem teto, sem terra’ families‘ without roof or land’. Peter Bauza’s superbly perceptive pictures form a highly poetic tale of their lives, their everyday moments of joy and sadness, their needs and illusions, but also of beauty and strength and the co-existence community that has emerged in these precarious circumstances. Copacabana Palace is a typical example of the fight for survival of millions of Brazilians in similar situations while the government goes through one of its most severe political and economic crises, yet spends billions on infrastructure for world sports events.

** Hansel-Mieth 2017
** WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2017, Contemporary Issues, third prize stories
** AI-AP-Latin American Fotografie 5
** Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016 SILVER
** Visa d’or Award for Features in Perpignan, France dura Visa pour L’Image 2016
** SIPA Siena International Photo Award - Pangea Award 2016 for Storyboard
** American Photography AP 32
** Days Japan Photojournalism Special Jury Award

* Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany, 27 April – 8 Juni 2018
* Galerie für Fotografie, Hannover, Germany, 15 February – 1 April 2018
* Quartiers du Monde, Grenoble, France, 1 November – 26 November 2017
* Annie Boulat Cosmos Gallery, Paris, France, March 2017
* Oficina Fotografiche Milano, December 2016 – February 2017
* Foianofotografia, Foiano della Chiana, Italy, 4 November – 27 November 2016
* Siena International Photo Award, Siena, Italy, 29 October – 30 November 2016
* Daejeon Modern History Exhibition Hall, Daejeon, South Korea, 20 October 2016 – 20 January  2017
* Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador, 29 September – 23 October 2016
* Fotofestival Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France, 27 August – 16 September 2016


Peter Bauza

left his native Germany after graduating in international commerce and worked many years as manager for an international company in several Latin American countries. His passion for photography soon grew strongly and Bauza began to develop his very own visual language. Later, at the Open College of the Arts in England, he refined it into his highly personal style. With his commitment to social and geopolitical issues, he hopes to “give a voice to those people who urgently need our help”. Peter Bauza is a member of Echo Photojournalism agency and one of the most committed and sensitive photographers of our time. His work has been shown across the world, published in a number of media and won international awards. For over 20 years now Peter Bauza has been living in Latin America and travelling all over the world.