André Coelho is a freelance photographer with wide experience covering a long range of assignments in South America, United States, Europe and Asia. He works on social, economics and political issues while developing documentary long term projects and mobile photography. Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, he started as an intern covering the violent dawns at his hometown Rio de Janeiro city back at the 90's, the music scene and later moved his attention to hard news, daily life and documentary photography. Along his more than 20 year long career, Coelho has been nominated and award winner for several prizes including Prêmio ExxonMobil de Jornalismo, the most traditional photography award in Brazil, 2-time finalist for the Prêmio AMB de Jornalismo among others. In 2016, his long term project Wasteland, showing the daily life inside Lixão da Estrutural, the largest city dump in Latin America 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 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. 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. In May 24, 2017, while covering a protest in Brasília, Brazil, Andre was threatened, beaten and almost shot in the feet after photographing police officers using letal ammunition against protesters. He lives and works in Brasília, Brazil.
brazilian portuguese, english, spanish and french