> “An opportunity to leave this idea of the war on crime and drugs that resulted in so many causalities and didn't solve any problems, and engage a new model of public security wich prioritizes the diminishing of lethal violence by taking away the territorial control from the hands of the criminal groups” - Ignacio Cano (Professor at Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence, State University of Rio de Janeiro.) 

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro launched a security program called “Police Pacification Unit”. UPPs are permanent police posts installed in the “favelas,” the sprawling shantytowns that house most of the city’s 1.2 million residents. Its mission is to take back state control over communities dominated by criminal groups. 

While many believed the UPPs have helped to quell the violence and bring prosperity to the favelas, others saw the Pacification program as a temporary cover-up to Rio’s problems with social disparity. 



2013- POYi Award of Excellece News Story Category. 

2013- Photocrati Fund Honorable Mention.  

2013- Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Grant Finalist.  

2012- PX3 Bronze Award Press-War Category. 

2012- International Photography Awards Honorable Mention. 

2012- Prix ANI (Association Nationale des Iconographes) Finalist. 


2016- (group) "Upfront Colective" Conde Duque - Madrid, Spain 

2016- (solo) Academia de España - Rome, Italy 

2015- (solo) EFTI - Madrid, Spain 

2014- (solo) DOCfield14 - Barcelona, Spain 

2014- (solo) Photon Festival - Valencia, Spain 

2013- (group) Paraty Em Foco (screening) - Paraty, Brazil 

2013- (solo) Visa pour l'image Festival XXV- Perpignan, France 

2013- (group) Les Rencontres d'Arles - Arles, France 

2012- (group) Bronx Documentary Center (screening)- New York, USA 


2017- CENTRO Escuela de Imagen. Mexico City 

2016- Ernesto Bazan Workshop. Oaxaca 

2015- MAGNUM. Christopher Anderson Workshop. Rio de Janeiro  

2012- EDDIE ADAMS Workshop XXV. NY 

2012- RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues) Workshop. NY 

2011- Walter Astrada Workshop. Madrid 

2010- EFTI School Degree in Photography. Madrid