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Honorable Mention BIFA 2021 People / Family


  • Photographer
    Pedro Mendes Levier
  • Agency / Studio
    Pml Stories
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in People / Family

Alix was made on a hopeful afternoon. It was the beginning of the COVID crisis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was born on February 2021. In the middle of the Carnival. Of a year without Carnival. This is a gift to a time that cannot be achieved. To Alix’s grandfather, my wife’s father. Who passed away more than 25 years ago. And left an old Pentax K1000. A camera with flaws. That produces preternatural shots by chance. Flaws and chance. Despised components of life. Fundamental elements of living. Pieces of Alix. Now, before, and then. (shot on Ilford Delta 3200)

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and started my professional career as a creative for advertising agencies then worked with production companies working as director and writer. Over the last 7 years, I’ve been working on Brazil’s Sunday prime time TV show as a visual journalist, mostly, with social and investigative topics. In 2019, I joined the Magnum Photos + Speos Creative Documentary and Photojournalism Masters Program, in Paris. Mixing advertising, cinema, and journalism backgrounds, I use photography or video to produce reality-driven stories with strong visual narratives.