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Genevieve Naylor in Brazil (1940-1943) (20+ photos)









In 1940, 25-year-old Genevieve Naylor, who had recently become one of the first female photographers hired by the Associated Press, received an assignment from the U.S. State Department to travel to Brazil.

With the war between the Axis and Allied powers expanding into a truly global conflict, the State Department’s Office of Inter-American Affairs was tasked with cultivating South American support for the Allies. Naylor was sent to capture the images to illustrate the propaganda campaign and conjure wartime support from Brazil and adjacent countries.





A blind street performer plays an accordion.

The town of Ouro Preto.







Carnival participants wait to join a parade.

A Carnival celebration.