"The Malandro - literally a kind of hustler, streetwise and amoral...is not a hero...But he is also too compelling to be a villain. He is, instead, the transgressor who, regardless of selfish motives, is appealing in his disregard for the established rules of a dysfunctional system seen to favor only the wealthy and well connected ever since the early days of colonialism. In the Brazilian imagination, the malandro takes on a near-mythical role of the trickster." Caio Camargo.
The Malandro figure has been a great source of creative inspiration from the first time I photographed Brazilian artist Aninha Malandro in 2016.