Founded in 1986, Burning Man's 10 core principles are about celebrating self-expression, civic responsibility, and art.
It's an experience hard to be defined in a few words or even from just someone's perspective. It is radically beyond what most people outside of it thing: as a large electronic music rave in the desert. The desert part of it is very real and you better be well prepared!
Burning Man is first of all an amazing display of human creativity and self-expression when you give them space and the freedom to exercise it. The 75,000 participants are simultaneously the spectators and the "creators" of the event.
The huge space is divided into two main areas: the camping area formed by a series of concentric and radial streets and an "open playa" reserved for art instalations. Exploring these areas is an endless experience as they are always changing with hundreds of mutant and art vehicles of all sizes, shapes, colors, sounds and light effects "gliding" through the streets or the vast open landscape of the playa.
Artists and engineers from every corner of the planet bring their ideas and designs to build a huge variety of art instalations on the playa. This year instalations included a giant orb 100 feet in diameter and a five-story sphere covered with a moving skin of origami shells and radiant spikes illuminated with over 100,000 LEDs. Many of the art instalations including "The Man" and the Temple are burned to the ground at the end of the event to follow one of it's main principles which is "leave no trace".
On top of all this there are tens of mutant vehicles, some of them with massive sound systems and world renowned DJs, that ride through the playa with parties that start at sunset and finish away after sunrise!
Going to Burning Man takes preparation. Lot's of it. Everyone must bring their own food, water and lot's of accessories to help survive the inhospitable conditions of the desert. Reading the "Survival Guide" is a must.
Volkswagen Magazine is published in 12 countries and the Brazilian version is edited by New Content. In both printed and online versions, it relies on the storytelling concept, revealing stories of interesting characters in their urban or rural adventures across Brazil.
For the last issue of the magazine, I made a trip with journalist and writer Leandro Narloch, aboard the Volkswagen pick-truck Amarok, along a historical route in the mountains of Minas Gerais, used to transport gold during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when Brazil was colonized by Portugal.
Vale S.A. is a Brazilian mining corporation and the second-largest mining company in the world with operations in 34 countries. It is the largest producer of iron-ore, pellets and second largest of nickel. Vale also produces manganese, ferroalloys, copper, bauxite, potash, kaolin, alumina and aluminium.
Throughout 2012/2013, we traveled the world photographing Vale's operations in order to create an exclusive image bank. Looking beyond the obvious, we aimed to reveal unique encounters between places and people that have become part of the history of Vale. These stories were compiled in a photobook, produced in limited edition and sent to investors, friends and business partners.
Inhotim is one of the largest outdoor contemporary art museums in the world, with more than 80 sculptures and several galleries and pavillions spread over 140 hectares, among emerald green mountains in a place of Minas Gerais, in southeastern Brazil, 70 kilometers from capital, Belo Horizonte; It is also a huge botanical garden with ponds, unique pieces and a collection of 800 different types of palm trees.
The experience of Inhotim is largely associated with the development of a spatial relationship between art and nature, which enable artists to create and exhibit their works in unique conditions. The viewer is invited to walk through gardens, forests landscapes and rural environments, losing himself between lakes, trails, mountains and valleys, establishing an active living experience of the space.
New projects are opened periodically, including site-specific works and monographic and thematic cutouts of the collection, making the Inhotim a place in continuous transformation.
Agency: Cause Brasil
The Center for Innovation in Brazilian Education (CIEB) is an association that seeks to promote a culture of innovation in public education, stimulating an ecosystem that generates effective innovations so that each student reaches his full learning potential.
To show the amazing work of CIEB, I spent two days in São Paulo at the municipal schools Presidente Campos Salles and Amorim Lima, the latter considered a model with students of various social classes and visited by education professionals from various countries. In this immersion, spontaneous scenes of the day-to-day life of these schools were photographed, without my interference in the scenes. The result was authentic images, with genuine emotions of these children in the school environment.
Odebrecht Transport and Changi Airports, in partnership with Infraero, took over the operation of Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. The brand strategy was to unite the international standard of this airport with the Rio soul and bring back it’s pride to be the main gateway into Brazil. A strategy that should be recorded in proprietary photographs.
To allow a closer bond between passengers and the brand, we decided to capture the human aspect of the airport with it’s scenes and real people in the day to day operation, leaving aside produced style photographs.
Five days of photo sessions and hundreds of images to select the ones that best represented the new era of Rio Galeao: more human, close and personal.
The Art-Rio fair is considered one of the major art events in the world. It involves national and international galleries and receive over 50,000 visitors.
In July 2014, Dupla Design invited us to develop an image bank that could show public interaction with the space and the art works in a spontaneous and poetic form.
We adopted an intuitive look, exploring the relation person-art in every gesture. In order to not interfere in people's behavior and give a more unique tone to the photos, we used only natural light.
The result was images filled with imagination, feeling and reflection. Like art.
336km is the distance between Paris and London. It is also the title for this book that represents much more than the locations where these images were captured. Rather, for me, 336km came to represent so many of those little life moments, inspiring moments that just happened to be connected in time and space.
Here, I saw a world slow to surrender its history while still undergoing breakneck change—a choreographed dance between the past and the future, ritual and routine, tradition and progress. Populated by a wide array of faces and cultures, 336km reveals, in just that short span, an increasingly global landscape in which every enterprise must rely on the universal visual language in order to convey its message.
"336 km" is therefore a 'limit state' between here and there, between the past and now. Despite being roughly the distance itself between the two European capitals, 336 km certainly does not mean a straight line between two points, but the tortuous journey contained between them.
At 336 km, blurred barriers of time and place dissolve our assumptions regarding the progress and change, challenging us to enjoy more intensely the moment when we are away and the urge to set it before you actually meet him.
On the one hand, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is all about serving the greater community. On the other hand, the “Y” is about individuals—each and every one of them who discover in their neighborhood YMCA a place to be active, to be involved, and to enjoy life. To capture these genuine moments required not only a documentary approach but also a selective eye—interpreting our subjects’ emotions and the whole of their YMCA experience in a single, telling image.
The design office Guili Seara and the brazilian Rural Bank - oficial sponsor of "1ºAto" - invited me to create images that synthesized the creative process of this contemporary dance group. The images illustrate the book celebrating 20 years of the group's activities. The strong aesthetic appeal, theatrical style and deep emotional impact make up the hallmark of its performances. Dance made to feel and thrill.
Published in Brazil by Bei Editora, Da Ervilha ao Piselli traces the epicurean journey of restaurateur Juscelino Pereira—from his fruitless attempt to grow the world’s sweetest peas to his fruitful success as founder of São Paulo’s celebrated restaurant, Piselli. Like the peas he so lovingly tended, Pereira’s story is an organic one—growing naturally out of his love for great food.
Likewise, to capture the true essence of the man, the photography also needed to develop organically—tracing Pereira’s roots from the countryside of Brazil, to the vineyards of Italy, to his eventual place at the table among his country’s greatest restaurateurs.
As a worldwide provider of sustainable solutions for our planet, Tetra Tech has—by its very nature—a complex story to tell. Interpreting that story—making it relevant to our everyday lives—has been even more challenging. Our solution for the company’s 2007 annual report: to reveal the unexpected connections between our lives, our environment, and Tetra Tech’s role in improving both.
And yet to truly accomplish this—revealing the long-term impact of the company’s work in communities all across this country—we chose to forego any pre-determined visual script. Rather, I wanted to bring an intuitive eye to the project, discovering those connections for myself and often in the least likely of places.
When it opened its doors in 1955, the Grande Hotel in Beira, colonial Mozambique was touted as the largest and most luxurious hotel in Africa. The art deco style palace with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean boasted 116 rooms and an Olympic sized swimming pool for its VIP guests. But by the 1970s, having spent less than a decade in service and many more in limbo, the Grande Hotel was serving as a military base in a city ravaged by civil war. The basement was converted into a prison. Today 2,500 squatters call the Grande Hotel their home.
In order to encourage entrepreneurship, support small businesses and stimulate local development in underprivileged areas of the states of Minas, Sebrae joined the federal program Territories of Citizenship.
The goal was to capture 16 situations to represent the four program pillars and illustrate the publication "Territories of Citizenship: stories of transformation through entrepreneurship."
Limited time. Two cities a day. A total of 5,000 km traveled through humble areas and poor travel conditions to portray small entrepreneurs in their work environments.
From simplicity we tried to extract a visual richness to tell the story of a people.
Six havens at the seashore, six lifestyles, six lush landscapes, six (thousand) colors, aromas and flavors, six exclusive spots among forests, palm trees and the beach. Villages of Jeribucaçú, six stars.
This was the concept of the book to portray the place where a unique real estate project will be implemented in the region of Itacaré, Bahia.
The only metropolis situated between two continents—Europe and Asia—Istanbul is truly a city between two worlds. Over the past 3000 years, it has been conquered, invaded, destroyed and reconstructed time and time again.
And today, as home to some 15 million Muslims, Jews and Christians it is still very much at the crossroads of human history—a crossroads that I found myself drawn to and that I attempt to interpret in this very personal series.
Mendes Júnior Trading & Engineering S.A. is engaged in construction, industrial and electro-mechanical assembly, venture management, trade, export, and import activities in Brazil and internationally. The company operates in Infrastructure, Industrial, and Oil and Gas segments, building highways, bridges and viaducts, railways, airports, hydroelectric power plants, ports, subway systems, industrial facilities and many other infra-structure projects.
We were invited by the prestigious Brazilian design firm Greco Design to produce the images for an important presentation celebrating 60 years of the foundation of Mendes Junior.
In order to encourage the inclusion of children with visual and mental disabilities in society, Stevie Wonder Foundation invites musicians to teach music and dance to these children.
In order to create images that would authentically portray the magic of such a great cause, I chose to use only ambient lighting and to interfere as little as possible in the dynamics of activities. Gradually I gained the confidence of the children and was able to capture some magical moments.
This project was born from the desire to record unexpected moments of architecture and their authors. Frank Gehry and Oscar Niemeyer are the first subjects of this project due to their relevant connection to the architectural context of the country where I lived for 18 years and the one that I was born. This project is still unfinished.