In Brief

What happens when a group of photography-lovers and professional photographers meet for some beers at a local bar? They talk about photography. That’s how the Rolê (freely translated as “stroll”) initiative began.

What happens when a group of friends made up of photography-lovers and professional photographers meet for some beers at a local bar? They talk about photography. At first, all they did was talk, but soon one of them came up with the inevitable idea: to go out on the streets and photograph São Paulo’s B-side at night.

That’s how the Rolê (a Brazilian slang which means “stroll”, in a free translation) initiative began, five years and thousands of pictures ago. During this period, the group managed to create a very peculiar portrait of the metropolis and its people, avoiding clichés in an anti-postcard fashion. None of their pictures are credited to a single photographer, since they always go out together on their nightly strolls and photograph as a group.

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