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Bahia and Cacao (Brazil)

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In the forest, the farm laborers gather the fruits of cacao from the plants cutting them with machetes

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In the forest, the farm laborers gather the fruits of cacao from the plants cutting them with machetes

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Cacao fruits

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Cacao fruits

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Cacao fruits. When it are ripe, the fruits turn brown and can be collected

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Cacao fruits. When it are ripe, the fruits turn brown and can be collected

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The fruits of cacao are opened directly in the forest to extract the seeds

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The fruits of cacao are opened directly in the forest to extract the seeds

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The white seeds of the cacao fruit. Fruits opened by hand one by one directly in the forest

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The white seeds of the cacao fruit. Fruits opened by hand one by one directly in the forest

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The seeds of the fruit of cacao, are covered with banana leaves waiting to be transported to the farm

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The seeds of the fruit of cacao, are covered with banana leaves waiting to be transported to the farm

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A mule, the best means of transport in the forest, waiting to be loaded with the seeds of cacao

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A mule, the best means of transport in the forest, waiting to be loaded with the seeds of cacao

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The mules laden with baskets full of cacao beans, along old trails in the forest to return to the farm

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The mules laden with baskets full of cacao beans, along old trails in the forest to return to the farm

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On the farm there are warehouses with sliding roofs and floors where cacao is spread out to dry. The second roof (left), is open

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On the farm there are warehouses with sliding roofs and floors where cacao is spread out to dry. The second roof (left), is open

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The cacao seeds, collected in the forest, are stored in wooden boxes for fermentation which lasts three days

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The cacao seeds, collected in the forest, are stored in wooden boxes for fermentation which lasts three days

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The cacao every day is moved from a crate to another to increase exposure to air and favor the fermentation

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The cacao every day is moved from a crate to another to increase exposure to air and favor the fermentation

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The molasses of cacao produced during fermentation

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The molasses of cacao produced during fermentation

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During the rainy season cacao is laid out on a wooden floor heated by stoves put below. Working in the room is really tiring

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During the rainy season cacao is laid out on a wooden floor heated by stoves put below. Working in the room is really tiring

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For two weeks, the room is heated by fire day and night and the workers that work inside, need continuous stops

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For two weeks, the room is heated by fire day and night and the workers that work inside, need continuous stops

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Even in the rooms of drying the cacao is continuously mixed to facilitate drying

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Even in the rooms of drying the cacao is continuously mixed to facilitate drying

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In the dry season, the roofs of the dryers are open and drying of cacao is directly under the hot Brazilian sun

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In the dry season, the roofs of the dryers are open and drying of cacao is directly under the hot Brazilian sun

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In the dry season, the roofs of the dryers are open and drying of cacao is directly under the hot Brazilian sun

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In the dry season, the roofs of the dryers are open and drying of cacao is directly under the hot Brazilian sun

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In the dry season, the roofs of the dryers are open and drying of cacao is directly under the hot Brazilian sun

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In the dry season, the roofs of the dryers are open and drying of cacao is directly under the hot Brazilian sun

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For weeks, the farm laborers with the rake mix the cacao seeds to facilitate drying

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For weeks, the farm laborers with the rake mix the cacao seeds to facilitate drying

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For weeks, the farm laborers with the rake mix the cacao seeds to facilitate drying

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For weeks, the farm laborers with the rake mix the cacao seeds to facilitate drying

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The days of the children, spend between school and dryers learning an craft that for most of them, will be their future work

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The days of the children, spend between school and dryers learning an craft that for most of them, will be their future work

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Boys and girls waiting the teacher in front of the small school of the farm

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Boys and girls waiting the teacher in front of the small school of the farm

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A moment of joy at school during the lessons

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A moment of joy at school during the lessons

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The school entrance

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The school entrance

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Sunday is a day of fun. Beer and television to watch the games of the football championship

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Sunday is a day of fun. Beer and television to watch the games of the football championship

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A union meeting to discuss aspects of the laborers working in the month after the harvest of cacao

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A union meeting to discuss aspects of the laborers working in the month after the harvest of cacao

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In the Fazendas during the moments of rest the kids have fun dancing the capoeira the ancient dance/fight of African slaves

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In the Fazendas during the moments of rest the kids have fun dancing the capoeira the ancient dance/fight of African slaves

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Moments of the game between boys on the farm

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Moments of the game between boys on the farm

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Outside the front door, gathered three generations of laborers

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Outside the front door, gathered three generations of laborers

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The barber of the farm

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The barber of the farm

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A moment of rest during the working day

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A moment of rest during the working day

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The bar of the Fazenda, open only on Sundays, allowing a fun relaxing time playing a game around a pool table

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The bar of the Fazenda, open only on Sundays, allowing a fun relaxing time playing a game around a pool table

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The bar of the Fazenda, open only on Sundays, allowing a fun relaxing time playing a game around a pool table

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The bar of the Fazenda, open only on Sundays, allowing a fun relaxing time playing a game around a pool table

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Many workers present in the Brazilian ranches are descended directly from the slaves came in the past from Africa

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Many workers present in the Brazilian ranches are descended directly from the slaves came in the past from Africa

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A woman grinds the cassava, a tuber used to produce a flour food

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A woman grinds the cassava, a tuber used to produce a flour food

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On warm days, the children refresh the body using well water

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On warm days, the children refresh the body using well water

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The farms are always along the rivers, rivers used for fun and swim

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The farms are always along the rivers, rivers used for fun and swim

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The region of Bahia where Luca Rinaldini made his photographic project

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The region of Bahia where Luca Rinaldini made his photographic project


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By: Luca Rinaldini ID: 49

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The photographic project, was born after reading the early novels of the writer Jorge Amado. In these novels, written in the 30's, the brazilian writer, son of a small landowner, recounted the golden era of cacao. Rinaldini, with a research work lasted more than one year and several trips to Brazil guest in the homes of laborers in the big plantations of cacao, recounted with images in black and white, the places and the people described by Amado in his books. The places are the lands in the south of Bahia state and the forests, are the rainforests that grows along the Atlantic coast while the characters are the laborers who live the same life of the past, using the same techniques of harvesting and, during the hours of rest, telling as 80 years ago, stories full of hard work, sweat, dreams and hopes. The photos are from the book "Cacao, on the trail of Jorge amado" editions Fabula. The photos are part of exhibitions displayed in Rome at the Embassy of Brazil, in Turin, Paris, Brasilia and Venice.
Useful links:
Tourism Authority of Bahia: www.bahiatursa.ba.gov.br
Tourist Board of Ileus towns (State of Bahia): www.brasilheus.com.br

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