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Close Quarters
Photograph by Stuart Franklin

The bedroom of a house in Jardim Ângela, a São Paulo favela, doubles as a living room for four generations of a family. The other two rooms in the house are a kitchen and a small space where a sick grandmother sleeps. The family is supported by a single wage earner—the matriarch of the family—who came to São Paulo from the countryside and built this house out of whatever wood she could scrounge. She got a job as a maid for a middle-class household an hour and a half away and slowly improved her home, replacing wood with bricks and acquiring furniture. Prospects aren't much better for her daughters, who have no education or jobs.





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