The Wider Image: Clowning is serious business for doctor to homeless in Brazil's 'crackland'
Flavio Falcone, a psychiatrist, wears gloves and a protective face mask in the elevator of the building where he lives as he makes his way to perform as a clown in an area known as "cracolandia," or crackland, a dangerous wasteland of about eight blocks in the historic center of Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 11, 2021. Costumed as a jester with a bright red nose, Falcone has become an icon in Brazil's crackland. Falcone's patients know him as The Clown, not as a doctor. "This character represents the exposure of mistakes, of the fragility of what exists in the shadow. The exposure of failures," said Falcone. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli SEARCH "CRACKLAND PEROBELLI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY