Lalo de Almeida is a Brazilian photographer based in São Paulo. He studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy and in the last 26 years, he has been a photojournalist with Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s leading newspaper. In parallel with his work at Folha, he has always developed photographic documentation projects about social-environmental issues, especially in the Amazon region. His works, in photo and video, were awarded in the World Press Photo, Pictures of The Year International and Rey da España Prize.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
It is very painful for me, who live in the country that is home to the largest rainforest, to see how we are destroying everything. I feel both ashamed and angry, and the photography works as a cry for help.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
We build the cities, invented so many things, but nothing makes us more human than the connection with a thriving ecosystem and nature. It must be something that we carry in our genes, and that remits to our origins.