BR-163 is an 1800 km dusty strip of road stretching through the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The highway has become the frontline in the battle against destruction and exploitation by illegal loggers, cattle ranchers, soy farmers and multinational companies.
The photographs look at the daily lives of people who live on or near the highway and whose lives are changing as rapidly as the environment around them. Although some villages are offered protection from the destruction in protected reserves, the seemingly irreversible process of transforming large areas of virgin forest into agricultural land for cattle and large-scale soy production means that everyone living in the forest can expect change and disruption.
Despite campaigns and agreements to protect the environment, each year thousands of acres of irreplaceable forest is lost forever and the impact on the local and international climate is incalculable.