In Summer 2008 while visiting my hometown in Brazil, my mother introduced me to a place that changed my perception on humanity, humility and the value of life. The Shelter Juvino Barreto, a non-profit shelter for old folks, exclusively operating on donations and scarce funding provided by a corrupt and imoral government. That one week of visits was enough for me to realize something needed to be done to help the shelter continue operations and provide those 180 folks with the minimum necessary for them to have dignity and kindness in their last moments among the living.
The book is a photographic journey that reveals a week in the life of that old folks shelter in the Northeast Region of Brazil (one of the poorest in that country).
All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Shelter.
I have been a professional photographer since 1993. Prior to my permanent move to the US, I got my BA in Communications from University of Brasilia in Brazil, with a major in Advertising. I then got a AAA in Commercial Photography at the Art Institute of Seattle in 1996. I have a vast and diverse experience in traditional photography, having worked extensively with large format, medium format and 35 mm cameras as well as studio and location lighting. In 2003 I stopped using film in my assignments and switched permanently to digital format due to the cost increase involving the traditional photography work flow. I always preferred unusual and animated subjects as opposed to artificial ones. Beauty is truly where you find it. have been happily married for almost 15 years and currently am a full-time dad to my two beautiful children - they are my absolute priority. I freelance in photography and acting and have never been as happy as I am now with the life I have.
The Sheets Must Be Silk Published January 04, 2010
ABRIGO | SHELTER - 8x10 edition Published June 10, 2009
SIOLO Published December 15, 2008
FRANCE Published February 01, 2008
WORK Published November 28, 2007