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’Brazil: The Beautiful Game’ by Christopher Pillitz

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In 1894, a young man returning from his studies in England introduced soccer to Brazil. Charles Miller, whose father worked for the Sao Paulo Railway Co., brought two used soccer balls, a pump to blow them up, a pair of soccer boots, and a rule book. Needless to say, Brazil fell in love with the sport. “Brazil: The Beautiful Game” (Prestel), a showcase for photographs by Christopher Pillitz, exuberantly chronicles the nation’s ongoing love affair with a game played by prisoners and priests alike. Pillitz seems to have taken his camera to every corner of Brazil, creating color-saturated images of joy and passion.

JAN GARDNER

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