Genevieve Naylor, a photojournalist previously employed by the Associated Press and the WPA, was sent to Brazil in 1940 by Rockefeller's agency to provide photographs that reflected the need for wartime support for propaganda from Brazil and surrounding countries. will support.
This was the time when World War II was beginning to escalate and the State Department's Office of Inter-American Affairs was tasked with cultivating South American support for the Allies.
Naylor produced an astonishing collection of over a thousand photographs that document a rarely seen period in Brazilian history. Naylor's collection of photographs offers a unique view of everyday life during one of the least examined decades of modern Brazil.
His subjects include the very rich and the very poor, black carnival dancers, fishermen, interior rural farmers, workers trapped in trolleys, just ordinary Brazilians in their setting.
Because it was a time of war, the film was rationed, and Naylor's equipment was modest. He had neither the flash nor the studio lights and had to choose his shots carefully, balancing spontaneity with careful composition.