Victor Moriyama is a Brazilian photographer working on : environmental conflicts in Amazon rainforest, violence and pesticide use in Brazil. Throughout his 10-year career he collaborates regularly with newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, El País and Libération, and the news agencies Bloomberg and Getty Images News. He is a Photo columnist at El País newspaper and a photographer for National Geographic Brasil.
In the second half of 2014 the State of São Paulo faced one of the biggest droughts in its history. The Cantareira Water Supply System, composed of 6 large dams, is responsible for supplying several cities in the State, including the capital São Paulo, which had water rationing established in all districts. The crisis is a consequence of political mismanagement of water resources and it was worsened by the lack of rainfall during that period. Images produced during overflights in this period in the Cantareira System show the drama of the drought.
In the 1990s train surfers, who risked their lives as they made trips from the center of Rio de Janeiro to the suburbs on top of the wagons dribbling electric high voltage wires, became popular in the Brazilian press. After strong police repression the practice was disappearing from the daily transport.
The political crisis in Venezuela has caused a socioeconomic collapse in the largest oil producer in South America. The country's economy is basically driven by the export of oil that had the price of a barrel halved in 2016, generating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Currently, 82% of the Venezuelan population lives below the poverty line and the lack of food reaches the same percentage. Waves of violence and protests broke out in the main cities of the country in the year 2017.