All eyes on Brazil

After so much talk about delays, protests and problems, fans will at last get a chance to cheer for Brazil's national team on home soil in Sao Paulo in football's 2014 FIFA World Cup opening game. Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, will host a succession of matches including the final match of the World Cup. We put together this set of images that underline Rio's sweeping beauty, from glowing amber sunsets to poignant moments found in our historic photo archive. 

 


 

Lead Image Caption: A boy and a girl sit on a rooftop at the Dona Marta slum, overlooking the Botafogo neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 6, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup is set to begin in a few days, with Brazil and Croatia competing in the opening match on June 12. (AP Photo/Enric Marti) 

 

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Nat Castañeda is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. A California native, Castañeda works primarily in video and collage, with an emphasis on tactile intimacy with her materials remaining an important aspect of all her projects. Common issues in Castañeda’s work are the conflating of iconography and pornography, the questioning of traditional gender binaries, and the role of technology within personal narratives. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has shown at venues such as El Museo del Barrio and Electronic Arts Intermix. In addition to her art practice, Castañeda currently works at The Associated Press where she leads a team that curates AP's online archive of historic and contemporary photojournalism. Castañeda’s photography has appeared in the New York Times,U.S. News & World Report and USA Today.