Ricardo Teles is a freelance photographer, born in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. He has been working in Sao Paulo since 1994 as a photojournalist. He contributed to the Estado de Sao Paulo Group, agency and newspapers, from 1996 to 2000. Several newspapers and magazines have published his work, as well as corporate publications in Brazil and Europe.
Two long-term essays by the photographer have been published as books: “Saga–A Portrait of German Settlements in Brazil” (1998), which received the Martius Staden Award, given by the Martius Staden Foundation, owing to its cultural relevance and to the encouragement of the bicultural bond between Brazil and Germany (1999). The other book is “Terras de Preto – stories of nine rural afro communities in Brazil”, about the remaining communities formed by runaway slaves. This essay received the Ayrton Senna Human Rights Prize for Journalism (2003).
The photographer’s work can be found in two of the main collections of Brazilian photography: the Pirelli-MASP (Art Museum of São Paulo) and the Assis Chateubriand-MAM/SP (Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo), and his work has already been exhibited in museums and galleries in several Brazilan state capitals, in Africa, the United States and Europe.
In 2014, the photographer received the first prize for Travel category at Sony Photography Awards offered by the WPO (World Photography Organization) in London, UK, and in 2015 he received the third place in the category The World of Food in POY LATAN (Picture of the Year – Latin America).