Lalo de Almeida

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Lalo studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy . He began working as a photojournalist for small agencies in Milan, covering police work in the city. From there he moved onto covering domestic and international events such as the wars in former Yugoslavia.

Back in Brazil, he photographed for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and the weekly news magazine Veja. Since the late 1990s he has been working for the daily newspaper Folha de São Paulo .

In addition to his work for the newspaper Lalo produced documentary projects like “O Homem e a Terra” (“The Man and the Land”) which looks at traditional communities in Brazil. This project was awarded the first prize in the International Biennial of Photography in Curitiba in 1996 and won the Fundação Conrado Wessel Award in 2007.
In 2002, his work with the airmail service was published in a book called “Nas Asas do Correio Aéreo” (“Flying with the airmail service”).

The XII Marc Ferrez Award from the National Arts Foundation (FUNARTE) allowed him to work on a photo project looking at the social impact of the construction of the hydro-electric power plant of Belo Monte in the Xingu river. This essay was also awarded the Fundação Conrado Wessel Award in 2013 and a multimidia produced with these images and published by Folha de S. Paulo won the Grande Prêmio Folha de Jornalismo, Grande Prêmio José de Alencar, WASH Media Awards in Sweden and the award of Excelencia Periodistica given by the Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa.

His coverage of the Zika virus in Brazil in 2017 won the second place at the World Press Photo.

In addition to his regular photo and video contributions to Folha de Sao Paulo, Lalo has been working for the New York Times since 2005, covering regional and international issues.

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The Yanomami people are living through an unprecedented crisis due to the invasion of some 20,000 illegal gold miners who have descended on their lands which straddle the border between Brazil and Venezuela.

The history of indigenous populations in Brazil is a history of struggle and resistance.

In Brazil there are still 1 million people who are not connected to the electricity grid.

Lalo de Almeida spent 21 days travelling across parts of the United States that have been worst affected by extreme weather phenomena and natural disasters caused by global climate change.

The Amazon rainforest is often referred to the "lungs of the earth", absorbing tonnes of carbon dioxide and in turn producing some 20% of the earth’s oxygen.

Exploitation of the Amazon region has risen to unprecedented levels under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, bringing the region’s ecosystem close to a point where irreversible damage will have been done to the worlds largest tropical rainforest.

Initiated by its unconventional former president Eva Morales, Bolivia has been trying a different approach to an issue affecting a number of countries in the region – the dangerous supply chain that leads from coca leaf plantations, a feature of the Andes for centuries, to the ruthless, criminal cartels that buy the leaves and produce cocaine, an industry blamed for rampant violence and criminality.

An unusual, yet rapidly expanding, biotech industry is growing in Israel, the foundations of which were laid over half a century ago by a Bulgarian immigrant, Dr Raphael Mechoulam, who had become curious about the psychotropic properties and mechanisms of the cannabis sativa, or marijuana, which was to become the symbol and byword of 1960s counter-culture, popularised by Reggae music and the Hippie Movement.

Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are part of the America’s ‘Rust Belt’, a region that had a strong industry-based economy that went downhill with globalisation.

The Pantanal region of Brazil – the world’s largest tropical wetland – has witnessed apocalyptic scenes this year.

As the corona virus pandemic continues to sweep across the world since appearing in the city of Wuhan in China in December 2019, Latin America has become a new hotspot in the spread of the disease according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).