Tramway do Rio do Ouro
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Marc Ferrez
Brazilian, 1880s
Gelatin silver printing-out paper
10 7/16 x 15 1/2 in.

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One train halts on a track, while another train with a much larger steam engine waits behind it. A number of individuals on the train pose for the photographer, a customary practice in railroad photographs. Marc Ferrez made this image to document one of the new railroads expanding throughout Brazil in the 1880s for state-sponsored geological commission, but it also demonstrates a clear disparity between two socio-economic classes. A group of laborers stands out in the sun on the left, while the well-dressed men on the right remain under the shade of a canopy.