Ricardo Teles

Ricardo Teles is a freelance photographer, born in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. He has been working in Sao Paulo since 1994 as a photojournalist, who contributed to the Estado de Sao Paulo Group, agency and newspapers, from 1996 to 2000.

Nowadays, as a freelance, his work has been published in several national and international magazines, such as Der Spiegel (Germany) and National Geographic Brazil. Teles is a member of the Focus agency, Germany, for which he has covered several stories in Latin America.

The photographer’s work has been exhibited in different capitals of Brazil, in Africa, Europe and the USA.

Awards

  •  Second Prize in the Artistic Merit category of the Sinchi Foundation (Netherlands) with an essay about the Xingu Indigenous National Park in Brazil. (2018)

  • Nominee to the Alfred Fried award for piece, prize and exhibition, with the essay The Waters of Xingu offered by UNESCO and the Austrian Parliament (2016).      

  • Third Prize in the POY LATAM (Picture of the Year - Latin America) in the professional category Foods of the World (2015).

  • First Prize at the Sony Awards offered by the WPO (World Photography Organization) in London, category Travel (2014).

  • First prize in the New Holland Award of Photojournalism (2013).

  • Honorable mention of Latin American Centre of Photography Award. Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013).

  • Honorable mentions in the Conrad Wessel Foundation Prize (Brazil) with the essays Enchants (2010) and The Road (2011).

  • First Prize of The Ayrton Senna Human Rights Prize of Journalism, received for the cover reportage The two Brazils for the Carta Capital magazine (2003).

  • Journalist Award CET, offered by European Tourism Commission in Brazil (2001).

  • The Martius Staden Award offered by Marcius Staden Foundation for the publication of the book Saga, owing to its cultural relevance and to the encouragement of the bicultural bond between Brazil and Germany (1999).

  • The VITAE scholarship with the project Quilombos, about rural black communities in Brazil (1998).

Publications

  • Books Africa - Crossed Glances in Angola (2005), Congo RDC (2007) and Gana (2016). Imagens da Vida Editorial.

  • Book The Waldorf Pedagogy – 50 years in Brazil (D'Lippi Arte Editorial, 2006).

  • Book CDI - 10 years of Social Achievements, on the actions of the entity Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI) in Latin America. (Microsoft/ D'Lippi Arte Editorial, 2005).

  • Participation in the book 24 hours, on the activities of 1 day of the Catholic Church around the world (chapter on Amazon). Vatican/Wilhelm Heyne Velag, 2005.

  • Book The Art Ciitzens- Crisalida, on the activities of Art Educators in the Suburbs of São Paulo city. D'Lippi Arte Editorial, 2004.

  • Book Terras de Preto, stories of nine rural Afro-communities in Brazil, A Books Editorial, 2002.

  • Book Menu of Solutions, which presents the deeds of nongovernmental organizations like ASHOKA, related to the nutritional areas, D’Lippi Arte Editorial, 2001.

  • Book Digital Inclusion, a photographic essay about the nongovernmental institutions related to education and computing areas in Brazil, D’Lippi Arte Editorail, 2000.

  • Book Saga–A Portrait of German Settlements in Brazil, Terra Virgem Editorial, 1998.

Major Individual Exhibitions

  • Road of Grains – Casa de América, Madrid, Spain (2016).

  • Terras de Preto - Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, USA, (2012);Forte de Cinco Pontas Cultural Centre in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil, (2006) and during the Photofesta, The International Photography Festival of Maputo, Mozambique (2004).

  • OLadodeLá - The Other Side, about Africa and Brazil cultural exchanges at the Pinacoteca, the art gallery of the state of Sao Paulo (2011), during the festival AGOSTO of Photography at the Solar do Unhão Gallery in Salvador (2010), SESC Santana Cultural Centre in São Paulo (2010) and in the A Matilha Cultural Centre in São Paulo (2009).

  • Saga about the German settlements in southern Brazil, at the MIS- Image Museum, (1998) in São Paulo, at the Usina do Gasometro Cultural Centre in Porto Alegre (1999) and the Casa Vermelha Museum in Curitiba (1999).

 

Personal Exhibits 

Languages

Fluent English
Fluent German
Fluent Spanish

Portuguese


 

  • Road of Grains – Casa de América, Madrid, Spain (2016).

  • Terras de Preto - Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, USA, (2012);Forte de Cinco Pontas Cultural Centre in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil, (2006) and during the Photofesta, The International Photography Festival of Maputo, Mozambique (2004).

  • OLadodeLá - The Other Side, about Africa and Brazil cultural exchanges at the Pinacoteca, the art gallery of the state of Sao Paulo (2011), during the festival AGOSTO of Photography at the Solar do Unhão Gallery in Salvador (2010), SESC Santana Cultural Centre in São Paulo (2010) and in the A Matilha Cultural Centre in São Paulo (2009).

  • Saga about the German settlements in southern Brazil, at the MIS- Image Museum, (1998) in São Paulo, at the Usina do Gasometro Cultural Centre in Porto Alegre (1999) and the Casa Vermelha Museum in Curitiba (1999).

  • MAC, The Contemporary Art Museum and Dragão do Mar Cultural Centre. Fortaleza, Ceará State (2010).

  • MUHNE, The anthropological museum of the Northeast People. Recife, Pernambuco State (2006).

  • MAM, Modern Art Museum of São Paulo, (2003).

  • The Pirelli/MASP Brazilian Collection of Photography. The MASP - Art Museum of São Paulo, (2002).

Works in collections