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By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - He bought his first compact camera when he was thirteen. “I didn't even have to take a picture. Just looking through the lens viewer was magical,” says photographer Mauricio Hora, speaking from the favela Providência, a community that lies on top of a hill behind Central do Brasil, Rio's Grand Central Station. Now, at age 42, Hora sees his life story unfold in a unique book with drawings made by André Diniz, called Morro da Favela (The Hill of the Favela).

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