I am an independent photographer based in Senegal, West Africa, where I work as a stringer for the Associated Press (AP) and as a contributor for Redux Pictures, in New York.
I have BA degree in History at the Estacio de Sa University.
Before moving to Dakar I was in Brazil, where I covered several assignments for AP, such as the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that have killed more than 170 thousand people in the country; the fires in Amazon rainforest (2019); the collapse of a dam in Brumadinho where more than 200 people died (2019); the arrest of the Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2018); the military intervention in Rio’s state.
In 2017 I documented the psychological impact of the violence on favela residents, when he spent eight days with two families in the City of God, a slum of about 50,000 residents made famous by the 2002 Oscar-nominated film of the same name.
I covered the Olympic and Paralympic 2016 Games; the dam breach in Mariana, considered one of the worst environmental disasters in the world and the 2014 World Cup in Rio.
In 2016 I traveled to Tunisia, where the Arab Spring started and a place that suffered several attacks of the terrorist group ISIS, to tell the story “Ben Guerdane Border Crisis Between Tunisia and Libya”, in contribution for Redux Pictures.
I worked for local newspapers in Brazil, covering daily-life stories and the violence in Rio. In 1997, at O Dia newspaper, I worked on special assignments such as the dissidents of Eldorado dos Carajás (picturing the survivors of 1996’s massacre of landless workers); and Slaves of XXI Century, showing the people who are forced to work for landowners inside the Amazon’s forest.
As editor, I was responsible for more than 20 photographers at the O Dia and at the daily Meia Hora.
In 2010, I coordinated and trained a team to work on sports coverage, when the sport daily MARCA was launched in Brazil
Documenting various aspects of Latin America, I photographed workers in the world’s two largest copper mine, in Chile. In Cuba, I captured the most vivid elements of Cuban society and the legacy of the Cuban Revolution for a special project titled “Portraits of Cuba”.
My work has been recognized with awards:
International News Beat Coverage or Continuing Story category by the National Headliner Award with the AP team in a cross-format coverage of violence in 2017, in Brazil.
ESSO National Award of Photography.
Vladimir Herzog for Humans Rights.
Profile picture: ©Joao Laet