photo courtesy by Dida Sampaio | O Estado de São Paulo

André Coelho is a freelance photojournalist with more than 20 years of experience covering several assignments in South America, the United States, Europe and Asia. It works with social, economic and political issues while developing parallel documentary projects with photography and video.

Graduated in Journalism, he began his career in the 1990s as a photographer of the musical scene of his hometown, Rio de Janeiro, and then turned to daily and documentary coverage. For 13 years he was a photojournalist for O Globo, one of the country's leading newspapers, a period in which he was a finalist and winner of several awards such as the ExxonMobil Journalism Award 2015, one of the most traditional journalism awards in the country, 2-time finalist for the AMB Journalism Award among others.

In 2018 made several trips to Roraima state, Brazil,  to cover the venezuelan refugee exodus across the brazilian border city of Pacaraima. His work was published by several online and print media outlets.

In 2017 was in Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh, covering the daily life of the Rohingya refugee campsof Kutupalong and Balukhali. Text, photo and video produced on the field published as a special report by Folha de Sao Paulo, one of brazilian major newpapers. Lately elected one of the best reports of the year.

In 2016, his long term project Wasteland, showing the daily life inside Lixão da Estrutural, the largest city dump in Latin America and the second in the world won the MPT Photography Award for Central West Region. 

In 2014, his photoessays and videos for the special series Madness Behind Bars, showing the chaotic situation of hundreds of mentally ill forgotten by public power inside the brazilian prisons was awarded by 1º Prêmio ABP de Jornalismo in recognition by services for psychiatry and humans rights.

In 2013, he was one of the many journalists attacked by police forces while covering the wave of protests and riots against corruption that swept Brazil.

photo courtesy by Dida Sampaio | O Estado de São Paulo

In 2005, after a year of attempts, he spent one week living and documenting the life inside one of the most iconic and terrifying asylums in Latin America: the Casa de Saúde Dr. Eiras, in Brazil. His work inside the walls helped to show the daily life of the place used to be a prison to mental health patients. The work produced was published in "O Globo", exhibited at Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal in Rio de Janeiro as the essay "Os Porões da Saúde Mental" and later received the Honorable Mention Award for the Prêmio Alexandre Adler de Jornalismo em Saúde.

He lives and works in Brasília, Brazil.

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