The duels of light and shadow, the kaleidoscopes of colors, the subtleties of natural beauty and the fragile impermanence of human expressions have long defined how I see, feel and understand the world around us. 

After learning the fundamentals of photography at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, I

developed a personal vision of documentary and travel photography through workshops in Paro (Bhutan), Marrakesh (Morocco), Bangkok (Thailand), the Zion Canyon (USA) and Antarctica, as well as at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Over the years, professional duties and personal quests have taken me to over 100 countries, and I strove to capture a little of their essence with my eyes and lenses. I am also a firm believer in harnessing the power of photography to promote cultural understanding and to raise awareness for social and humanitarian issues.

When not behind a camera, I am a teacher, a jazz lover, an ex-journalist and a career diplomat, currently based in Moscow.

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Past exhibitions

  • “Russian Soul” (with Maurício Horta), “Scars of War in Vukovar” and “The Return of Portugal” (Pontificial Catholic University of São Paulo, 2005)

  • “Afghanistan: land, men and struggle” (Museum of Culture of São Paulo, 2013)

  • “Kar va Zendegi: labor and life in Afghanistan” (Ernesto Cafe, Brasília, 2013);

  • “Islam in Brazil” (with Helena Jornada, National University of Science and Technology of Pakistan, Islamabad, 2013)

  • “Afghanistan: a Brazilian Perspective” (Consulate-General of Brazil in New York, 2014)

  • "Hope through Solidarity: Syrian Refugees in Brazil" (United Nations Headquarters, New York, 2016, and Katara Art Gallery, Doha, 2017)

  • "Diplomats Painting and Photo Exhibition" (Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery/Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, 2019)

Published work

  • “The myth of Asia” (JUCA Magazine, 2010)

  • Book "Islam in Brazil" (with Helena Jornada, 2013)

  • ”North Korea” (JUCA Magazine, 2013)

  • ”Afghan War Rugs” (Superinteressante Magazine, 2014)

  • “The Bardo Museum of Tunis” (Folha de S. Paulo Newspaper, 2015)

  • “Moscow's Victory Day Parade” (Operacional Magazine, 2015)

  • “The United Nations at 70“ (ADB Magazine, 2015)

 

Contact

Use the form below to contact me or to ask permission to use or publish my work. If you have an educational or humanitarian project that might be enriched by my images, I'll be glad to help.

 

Please focus your message on matters of photography only.

 

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