I am in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, untill the end of June for a photography collaboration with the NGO Catalytic Communities. The project aims to document favela architecture, homes and lives through photography.
In 2008, a survey of the Dutch newspaper 'De Volkskrant' cited Charleroi
as the ugliest place in the world. This former mining town in southern
Belgium was the center of a vast coalfield, now completely abandoned,
formerly known as ‘Pays Noir’. Since its decline, the city has often
suffered a very bad reputation in Belgium and elsewhere.
The intention of this photo series is to give a more accurate and
realistic vision of this city. The aim is to show new points of view on
the industrial and natural landscape, the architecture and the
inhabitants of this city that is full of poetic and unknown places.
Without taking part in the debate on the beauty of Charleroi, these
photos will give reading keys to understand better this unique city in