Some pictures of my last work on Iraq. The offensive against ISIS in Northern Iraq is still in its early stages.
São Paulo is burning
Brazil - Southern Winter/2016
Protests once more erupted in Sao Paulo this year after the confirmation of the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff. In a very controversial political trial, Dilma, first woman to be elected as president in Brazil, was removed from power, stopping a 13 years rule of the worker's party in Brazil. Days after she was ousted, social movements, young people and different kinds of people took the streets of Sao Paulo to protest. The police responded with violence.
Brazil - Southern Spring/2015
In October 2015, thousands of indigenous people from 30 different countries and 24 nations living in Brazil gathered in the northern city of Palmas, in the Brazilian state of Tocantins, to participate in the First World Indigenous Games. More than tough matches or eccentric sports, the games were a rare opportunity to get to know the diversity of original peoples from all over the world.
Two years after
North Africa and the Levante, Northern Winter/2013
By the begining of 2013, the Arab world had already realized that the dreams ascended from Arab Spring had perished along the wave of promises, expectations and violence that have taken over much of Northern Africa and the Levant. Refugees left Syria by the thousands, fleeing the bloody fratricidal war, while Tunisians and Egyptians saw the rise of Enahda and the Muslim Brotherhood as an enormous nightmare and, in Palestine, everything remained sadly the same. The photos in this essay were taken in the late winter of 2013 and were an attempt to figure out what all these countries had become two years after the start of the Arab Spring.
Loneliness of war
Ukraine - Northern Spring/2015
Just as the war began, small ghost towns, neighborhoods started to emerge. In those places there is no longer struggle, blood or tears. Only the memories of those who had to leave. This work was carried out in the spring of 2015 in the region controlled by the rebels backed by Russia in Eastern Ukraine.
A desert in the humid tropics
Brazil, southern summer/2012
Brazil is known for its amazing rainforests, pristine beaches and for having one of the most diverse faunas in the world. The country, however, keeps one of the largest and most populated semi-deserts of the planet. Known as Sertão, it spreads by 1 million square meters throughout nine states. More than 15 million people live in the Northeast Sertão. The photos in this essay are from December 2012, when the region suffered its worst drought in 30 years.
In the heart of Darkness
Congo (DRC) - Southern Autumn/2014
The Democratic Republic of Congo hosts the longest and bloodiest armed conflict since World War 2. More than two decades have passed since the start of this endless war, which has killed millions of people. With one of the world's worst Human Development Indexes, Congo is a country ravaged by violence, poverty, disease and the greed of his own elite and neighboring countries, which profit billions of dollars because of its instability. The epicenter of this crisis that has dragged on for decades and has no foresight towards an end is the province of North Kivu, on the border area with Rwanda and Uganda, where these pictures were taken.
Faces of Angola
Angola - Southern Winter/2008
Angola has been experiencing the longest peace time since it's bloody civil war (1974-2002), has come to an end with the death of the controversy Jonas Savimbi. Since then Angola became one of the largest oil producers in the world, is a member of Opec and, for years, saw billions of dollars flow into its fragile economy. A lot of people became rich in this new Angola, but the majority of its population remains as poor as ever, living in really bad conditions. Those pictures are from about this Angola that stills lives in a sad past.
The Rubble in the Jungle
Congo (DRC) - Southern Autumn/2014
Stage of the most spectacular boxing fight in history, the Tata Raphael stadium carries few memories of that damp, warm night in November 1974 when Muhhamad Ali and Geroge Foreman met in the heart of Africa. In disrepair like almost everything in the Democratic Republic of Congo these days, the Tata Raphel, became much more than a simple stadium. Although the historic fight took place more than four decades ago, the decrepit stadium attracts every day dozens of young Congoleses looking for inspiration. For most of them, a special energy is stored there.