Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1983, Leonardo Carrato threw himself into a photographic journey in 2012 driven by his passion. Leo is based in Rio de Janeiro and works as a photographer and filmmaker.
In 2013 trying to overcome the mainstream media and making information more democratic, he co-founded an independent media collective called Coletivo Carranca. Among the group, he could finally give voice to the deep and organic stories of the streets of Rio de Janeiro. While working as an independent photographer in this horizontal media group, Leo developed the project called “The Uprising,” which is an inside view of the riots that drove millions of people out on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, Leo started the 2-year multimedia project “Article 6” which explores the core of Rio’s social problems.
The desire to connect with his continent’s native culture, identity and unfold the hidden history carried Leo to the Amazon. Since 2015, he has been working on a long-term project about a native Bora shaman deep inside the Peruvian rainforest. Also, to uncover the indigenous community search for identity, Leo is documenting with visual narratives stories, the Brazilian collective memory, its ruins and its scars from the military dictatorship that ruled the country for long 21 years.
Currently, Leo is a member of the VII Mentor Program and his work has been published by Der Spiegel, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Die Ziet and El País.