Latest assignment for Reuters by LUCAS LANDAU

#EleNão #NotHim by LUCAS LANDAU

No próximo domingo (28), Jair Bolsonaro pode ser nosso próximo presidente e suas ideias são terríveis. Ele é um ditador fascista que irá governar apenas para as pessoas brancas e ricas. Duas pessoas já morreram durante essa campanha histórica por conta de crimes de ódio contra negros e LGBTQ+. Nossa jovem democracia passa por um momento realmente perigoso.

Acredito que o jornalismo tem muito poder enquanto ferramenta para manter a democracia viva. A mídia brasileira é bastante corrupta e nem sempre democrática, então a mídia independente deve agir para documentar o pior momento do Brasil depois da nossa ditadura (1964 - 1985). O mundo precisa saber o que está acontecendo no Brasil hoje através de olhos independentes.


On next Sunday (28), Jair Bolsonaro can be our next president and his ideas are terrible. He is a fascist and dictator, who will govern only for the white and rich people. More than 10 people already died during this historical campaign by hate crimes against transgender, black people and LGBTQ+. Our (young) democracy is passing through a really dangerous time.

I think journalism is very important now as a powerful tool to keep the democracy alive. The Brazilian media is very corrupt and not always democratic so the independent media must act to document the worst Brazilian phase after the dictatorship (1964 - 1985). The world must know what's going on in Brazil today through independent eyes.


Anos Dourados (Golden Years) by LUCAS LANDAU

Um muro eletrificado de três metros de altura separa a Reserva Indígena de Dourados do condomínio de classe média Ecoville Dourados Residence & Resort, na segunda maior cidade do Mato Grosso do Sul.

De um lado, a triste situação dos índios Guarani e Kaiowá, que vivem em uma reserva lotada e lutam há 100 anos para voltar aos seus tekohas (terras tradicionais). Do outro, a vergonhosa situação da classe média brasileira, cercada cada vez mais pela muralha da ignorância.

An electrified wall separates the Dourados Indigenous Reserve from the middle class condominium Ecoville Dourados Residence & Resort, in the second largest city of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

On one side of the wall, the sad situation of the Guarani and Kaiowá Indians, who live in a crowded reserve and have been fighting for 100 years to return to their tekohas (traditional lands). On the other side, the shameful situation of the Brazilian middle class, surrounded more and more by the wall of ignorance.

Latest assignment for Reuters by LUCAS LANDAU

“Manifestations”, my new group exhibition by LUCAS LANDAU

  Picture by Nina Cohen, August 30

Picture by Nina Cohen, August 30

It’s a pleasure to announce my last group exhibition: “Manifestations”, about the 2013 protests in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. I was invited by the curator Sergio Moraes (chief of Reuters office in Brazil) to exhibit 13 images made during the coverage for Reuters between 2013 and 2014.

Ana Carolina Fernandes, Bárbara Dias, Luiz Baltar and Mauro Pimentel are also in this exhibition, which is taking place at Darcy Ribeiro Cinema School, Rio de Janeiro downtown, until September 30. If you will be in Rio in September, don’t waste the opportunity to check out (for free) more than 50 strong and beautiful pictures about this historical moment.

Rua da Alfândega, 5 - Centro, RJ.
Monday - Friday / 11am to 8pm

Intercept Brasil by LUCAS LANDAU

Tá no ar um trabalho super importante feito por duas mulheronas da porra sobre o absurdo que o governo brasileiro faz com as crianças indígenas ao separá-las das mães através do conselho tutelar. No vídeo (abaixo) e na parte escrita da reportagem, a Tatiane Klein e a Luiza Calagian contam histórias que precisam ser debatidas.

Tive o prazer de colaborar no vídeo com imagens do abrigo de Dourados, onde conheci uma mãe do povo guarani que visita as filhas gêmeas de quatro meses duas vezes por semana, em encontros de 2 horas. Assista abaixo:

Ñu Vera Resists by LUCAS LANDAU

This Indian village is about to be removed and destroyed.

The Indigenous Reserve of Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, is crowded with 16.000 Indians in a little bit more than 3.000 hectares. That’s why part of the Kaiowá people occupied an area next to the reserve that they say is their traditional territory, where 30 families are living nowadays.

However, the owner of the land, a farmer, is asking in court for the piece of his land back, and the judge agreed. Ñu Vera can be destroyed at any moment.

When I arrived, I met Ambrósio (61), a community leader. After I introduced myself, I asked if I could help with my work in their fight for their land. He liked the idea and told me to focus on two aspects: the plantations and the children.

The plantations means the land being used in a good way, stable life, each family with a small farm represents the link between them and the land. Land and life are deeply connected in the indigenous conception. Feet on the ground are not dirty feet, it is belonging.

And the children are the future, the new era, the reason of the fight of the Brazilian Indians that is taking 518 years. In Dourados (and in a lot of other places in Brazil), the Indians, when not ignored by society, are segregated.

With almost 10 days living together with the Guarani Kaiowá Indians, I can say for sure Indians did not choose to live in the hard situation they are experiencing today.  It is result of the denial of their territory rights, public politics promoted by ruralist front (a parliamentary segment that acts on behalf of farmers), an omissive government and an ignorant and conservative society.

Ñu Vera resists.

(July 2018, Dourados - Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil)

  Ambrósio (61), tekoha Ñu Vera, Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Click on the picture to see full gallery.

Ambrósio (61), tekoha Ñu Vera, Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Click on the picture to see full gallery.


With other 23 photographers, I was selected to be part of the XV RISC Training, in Itatiba, São Paulo (23-29 June). For the first time, the course for freelancers who work in remote and dangerous places took six days: four for medical training (by Wilderness Medical Associates) and two for security training (by Steve Cook).

It was a life-changing week. We learned a lot about rescuing people and had an intense time together as a group of photographers. Very nice moment to know colleagues and talk about our experiences. Thank you very much, RISC Training!

  From now, we are Reporters Instructed In Saving Colleagues, Course XV - Fazenda Pereiras, Itatiba, São Paulo. Picture: Scout Tufankjian.

From now, we are Reporters Instructed In Saving Colleagues, Course XV - Fazenda Pereiras, Itatiba, São Paulo. Picture: Scout Tufankjian.

Portraits for GQ Brazil June 2018 by LUCAS LANDAU

This month was published a series of portraits made in Leblon beach for GQ Brazil with Claude and Thomas Troisgros. Working together for a long time, father and son now have individual paths. The article is by Alexandra Forbes.


Rocinha for UOL special article by LUCAS LANDAU

Is out now on UOL a special issue about peace in Rocinha, one of the biggest favelas in Brazil, with 100 thousand residents. The reporter Marcela Lemos talked with residents about how the violence is changing their lives. Because of the "war on drugs", maintained by the State and Federal Government, students cannot go to school, residents cannot go to work and a lot of social projects in the community are empty.

In 2018 the situation in Rocinha is worst than the last years. Brazil needs to talk about this war on drugs that is killing many people and it is not changing anything.

Reconstitution of Marielle Franco’s crime for UOL by LUCAS LANDAU

Last May 10th, the civil police did the Marielle’s crime reconstitution, in Estácio, central area of Rio de Janeiro. I’ve been there to cover this sad night for UOL. The investigations are coming to an end and it seems there is participation of another city councilor (Marielle’s colleague) who has business in a favela where Marielle was working as human rights defender. 

"Vegas" on Financial Times by LUCAS LANDAU

Three photos of "Vegas" project were published on Financial Times on April 6, 2018. I would like to thank the picture editors of Financial Times for choosing these photos that I like so much made with an iPhone 6 to illustrate an article about Las Vegas.

  Click on the image to see full gallery. Clique na imagem para ver as outras fotos de Las Vegas.

Click on the image to see full gallery. Clique na imagem para ver as outras fotos de Las Vegas.

Carnaval 2018 by LUCAS LANDAU

Original soundtrack: Gabriel Polo


Sou apaixonado pelos desfiles de carnaval desde que me conheço por gente. Me lembro de varar as madrugadas assistindo as escolas quando era criança. Na apuração, eu não só assistia com muita seriedade como anotava nota por nota em um caderno. Ainda tenho guardadas essas anotações — atualmente, na era da internet, inúteis.

Talvez esse amor tenha vindo através do vô Tatá, devoto da Portela até o último fio de cabelo. Escola a qual ele foi membro e período de sua vida que ele adorava contar com orgulho e eu adorava ouvir com o mesmo orgulho.

Ele me ensinou desde cedo que carnaval é a festa do povo. Feita durante um ano inteiro, com muita dedicação das comunidades que se unem pela festa. Um ano inteiro de trabalho e anonimato para, naquela noite, serem o centro do mundo por alguns minutos.

Arquibancadas cheias, luzes acesas, frisas lotadas, camarotes transbordando. Que momento lindo para quem ralou meses para colocar aquela escola desfilando na avenida. Um palco merecido para cada integrante se sentir brilhando.

É bonito demais ver de perto. Me emociono praticamente em todo desfile. Aos 18 anos, fiz minha primeira cobertura na Sapucaí, para a histórica Revista Manchete, e o sentimento de pisar na avenida é o mesmo até hoje, 10 anos depois.

Em 2018, fui pautado pelo site UOL para cobrir a dispersão durante as duas noites de desfile e para cobrir três escolas desfilando no sábado das campeãs. Desse trabalho, nasceram quatro séries fotográficas onde tento traduzir em imagens o meu amor por essa festa.

De Fundos pra Apoteose”, “O Fundo dos Carros” e “No Fundo, Calor” nasceram durante as duas noites em que fiquei na dispersão. “Pano de Fundo”, a série de retratos, tem também imagens feitas no desfile das campeãs.

Rio's Carnival

As a carioca, I love the carnival parade since I was born. I remember being awake during all the night watching the parade on TV when I was a kid. It’s the most popular party in Brazil and the culture of samba was born in Rio, so the parades are very traditional specially here in Rio.

Maybe this love came from my grandfather, who was a member of Portela, one of the most popular samba schools in Rio. He really liked to tell the stories about this moment of his life which he was very proud of, and I loved to listen about this magical world.

The carnival is a popular party. It’s from the people to the world. The samba schools are usually located in the favelas areas around the city and they work hard during one year to shine in the Sapucaí Avenue for some minutes.

Full grandstand, all lights on, crowded seats, overflowing cabins… What a beautiful moment for those who worked a lot to bring the school to the avenue. It’s a well deserve stage with people from the entire world watching them. They feel valued, it is such a beautiful feeling.

To see this party so close it is one of the best experiences in life. Since my first day working on a coverage on the Sapucaí Avenue, 10 years ago, with 18 years old, untill today, I have the same feeling. It’s very emotional.

In 2018, I was on assignment for UOL to cover the “dispersal”: the end of the avenue, where they drive the cars away and where people remove their costumes and leave it in the trucks that belongs to the samba schools before they go away. All that in the middle of Catumbi, a popular neighborhood behind the Apoteose Square (the place with the gigantic M made by Oscar Niemeyer).

It was a new place for me — I used to work on the avenue, inside the parade — but I loved covering the behind the scenes this year. From this work, I was able to create four series: “The Backstage”, “The Cars”, “The Temperature” and “The Portraits”. All made on February 11th, 12th (official parade dates) and 17th (six winner’s parade). 

These photographs are the story of my carnival, which continues (almost) the same as my grandfather's carnival. I hope the photos can translate a bit of the beauty of this party and my love for this traditional carioca event.

National Geographic, for the first time by LUCAS LANDAU

This month I do my National Geographic debut. First time publishing a work on the pages of the iconic magazine. It's such an honor to start my collaboration with this special photo that changed my life (and still changes) in the historic edition about racial discussion. Many thanks, National Geographic Brasil, I hope this is only the beginning :)