Where Are They Now? Homeless Children in Gangs On Brazil’s Violent Streets

©1991.Rio de Janeiro. David asleep with Xuxa who is enjoying the foam mattress.

Today advicesisters.net is featuring a guest article by photojournalist Viviane Moos, because her worthy project needs our help.  Please read about  her efforts to chronicle the plight of homeless children in street gangs in Brazil, and her goal to track them now,  as adults. The photos in this article are just a small example of her work. If they move you,  click on this Kickstarter link to pledge something towards her project.   This project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Friday Dec 21, 12:07am EST.  That also means that if Ms. Moos doesn’t reach her goal, the plight of the children struggling to survive, today, also won’t be publicized.  You can do a good thing for a talented artist,  and, with your pledge , get a thank you gift of valuable artwork for yourself or for a holiday gift  –Alison Blackman, The Advice Sisters

 I am Viviane Moos, a photojournalist and artist. When I first started my career I was an inexperienced, female photographer wanting to do a story that everyone told me was  ”  “too dangerous to accomplish”, and which ” no one was interested.”   I was too stubborn to listen and instead I followed my heart.  So I set out, 21 years ago, to tell the story about the struggle for survival of homeless child street gangs on the violent streets of Brazil. I spent nine months over a period of 4 years earning their trust and sharing their lives.   Brazilian Street Diary is the result of my experiences. The book is both a photographic and written diary that I kept while I was shooting.  It describes what I was seeing and experiencing, in addition to the images that I captured.

Now I am looking for supporters to help me return to Rio to finish the last chapter of my story. Although I have won many awards for my work, I have always felt that I needed to return to see what had happened to the adult survivors of the streets, the children that I once knew.   When I pitched this book to traditional publishers, they felt it wouldn’t be commercial enough to make enough sales. That’s why I have decided to self-publish by raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign.


 ©1991  Rio de Janeirio  children in abandoned rail car

 Some might think that finding these street children as adults is nearly impossible, but with assistance from Remer House, the shelter where I spent many weeks photographing some the children in the story, I know I’ll be successful. But to make this project a reality, I am inviting you to become a co-publisher in my project. Please go to my  Kickstarter page for a full description of the photo book along with a list of the pledge gifts for your support. As a thank you for support, I am offering signed copies of the first edition book once published, as well as my own well-known limited edition fine art prints, such as the one of Ana Madonna at the bottom of this page.

I have already raised about 25% of the funds so far, but to bring this book to life, I must reach my Kickstarter goal of $20,00 by December 21st.  If I don’t reach my goal, Kickstarter won’t release any of the money that has already been pledged and the project won’t move forward. This is why even a small pledge of $5 or $10 is important to me.  Please go to my video link on Kickstarter and view the short video explaining the project, then make a pledge.  Help me give a voice to the voiceless children of Brazil – and the world community. The deadline is Dec.20th Thank you for reading this guest article on advicesisters.net, and thank you for your support.     Viviane Moos, photojournalist


About Viviane Moos:   I was raised in Europe, and my work has been published and exhibited all over the world. Here is what Peter Man, International Coordinator, World Hunger Year and Harry Chapin Media Awards said about my work:    “Viviane Moos’ photography provides an x-ray of society’s soul.”

Another colleague, David Brommer wrote: “Viviane Moos takes you down the street less traveled by showing images from her “Brazilian Street Diary” a brilliant account of child street gangs in Brazil she shot over 25 years ago.   Shot in the tradition of Bresson’s gritty black and white, Viviane documented a much different world than the typical North American street photographer could capture. Passion, evocative, and emotional are just three words to describe the project of this acclaimed journalist. Tale a rare look into a visionary photographer as Viviane explains how she was able to infuse so much life into a dark subject matter such as street gangs of Brazil.”

©1992 Ana Madonna gazes out the window, dreaming of the American sailor who never returned

 To learn more about my project, visit my Brazilian Street Diary Kickstarter Site which is currently in the funding stages.

Join me as I talk about my work at B&H Event Space in NYC, Dec 6th – 4-6 pm 


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