Gabriela Portilho (b. 1986 in São Paulo, Brazil)...
Gabriela Portilho (b. 1986 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a documentary photographer and visual journalist currently based between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She consistently works on assignments for outlets including The New York Times, National Geographic, Vogue, The New Yorker, NPR, New York Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, Capital Magazine, Causette, De Volkskrant, FIMI, and UNICEF. 

Her work often investigates the relationship between human beings and their territories in both its sociopolitical dimensions - focusing on environmental and gender issues, as well as its symbolic and archetypal layers.

She is one of the founders of Doroteia, a Brazilian collective focused on under-reported stories of women in Brazil. She is also a member of the Women Photograph and Native Agency and a former member of the Latin American collective Ruda.

Gabriela completed a Bachelor's dual degree in Journalism and Art History from the University of São Paulo and the University of Lumière Lyon II in France. Since graduating, she has been focused on covering issues related to the environment, gender, politics, history, and culture.


Gabriela Portilho é jornalista e fotógrafa documental e jornalista visual formada pela Universidade de São Paulo e Université Lumière Lyon II, na França. Nos últimos anos, tem trabalhado consistentemente para veículos nacionais e internacionais como The New York Times, National Geographic, Vogue, The New Yorker, NPR, New York Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, Capital Magazine, Causette, De Volkskrant e ONGs como FIMI e UNICEF.

Seu trabalho investiga a relação dos seres humanos com seus territórios tanto nas dimensões sociopolíticas - com ênfase nas questões ambientais e de gênero, assim como seus atravessamentos simbólicos e arquetípicos.

Ela é uma das fundadoras do Doroteia, um coletivo brasileiroocado em histórias protagonizadas por mulheres, membro do Women Photograph e Native Agency e ex-integrante do coletivo latinoamericano Ruda.


Academic Background

Bachelor in Journalism
University of São Paulo | São Paulo, Brazil

Bachelor in Art History and Photography
Université Lumière de Lyon | Lyon, France

Grants, Awards and Exhibitions

2023 | Poylatam  - Environment, Carolina Hidalgo Vivar Award (essay)

2022 | Granted / Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund at Pulitzer Center

2021 | Granted / Horizon Project (Italy)

2020 | Granted / Jeduca Itaú Social Fund for investigative reporting on Education (Brazil)

2020 | Granted / National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund with Ruda Colectiva

2020 | Selected participant with Ruda Colectiva for the Festival de Fotografia Muff (Uruguay)

2019 | Selected participant for the Women Photograph Workshop (Ecuador)

2019 | Selected participant for the 20 Fotografos Workshop (Guatemala)

2018 | Granted / Azmina Fund for investigative reporting with Doroteia Colectiva (Brazil)

2018 | Exhibition at Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes (Tiradentes, Brazil) in YVY Mulheres da Imagem projection

2017 | Selected Participant at Portfolio Review Festival Errante (Montevideo, Uruguai)

2017 | Selected Participant at International Women’s Media Foundation scholarship (IWMF) for Native Agency’s inaugural Festival of Documentary Photography (Quito, Ecuador)

2017 | Collective Exhibition at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles (Arles, France)

2015 | Finalist of the Prêmio Abril award with the story “Pobres, Públicas e Excelentes” (São Paulo, Brazil)

2015 | Collective Exhibition Kind of Blue at Gris Escritório de Arte (São Paulo, Brazil)

2015 | Collective Exhibition at The Smell of the Dust in Germany, Brazil, France, Netherlands, Austria, and Portugal

Gabriela Portilho / Brazil

Gabriela Portilho is a documentary photographer, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, among others
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