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Labor and Workers in Brazil

Labor played and still plays a key role in the construction of Brazil.

Labor has converted the country’s potentials into great wealth, which has not yet benefited workers greatly.

As they struggled for survival and performed their jobs, working men and women built collective identities, created symbols, beliefs, and ways of living together and celebrating.

Leading actors of our history, they have also made decisive contributions in the struggle for individual, social and political rights for all Brazilians.

Since mid 20th century, the lenses of photographers have been offering us notable records of different facets of labor in Brazil.

Some of the photographs in this exhibit have been widely publicized and, therefore, become classics.

Others, kept in public archives, universities, trade unions and agencies, or even in private collections owned by photographers and activists, were waiting for their time to be shown to the public.