For Bolivian Busses, Berlin-based photographer Daniel Hofer captures the colorful airbrushed artworks that adorn the public busses traveling from La Paz into the Amazon Basin. Hofer chanced upon the eye-catching vehicles in Villa Fátima, a small neighborhood from which busloads of passengers and extracted products were carried to and from the jungle. He describes Villa Fátima as a relatively poor area with a locally-run market; without the busses, it would stand out no more remarkable than any other neighborhood.
Standing out against the otherwise ordinary streets, the busses appear like totemic structures, depicting larger-than-life personalities from popular culture. World Wrestling Entertainment superstars appear beside biblical figures, cartoon figures beside Greek gods. Here, Hofer documents the hidden treasures of Villa Fátima, following these transitory works of art as they make their scheduled daily trips. Despite his efforts, Hofer explains that he never discovered the artist responsible for the impressive bus paintings.
All images © Daniel Hofer