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 and housing problems documenting the life of hundreds of families living in extreme poverty inside an abandoned public building, a few meters away from the stadium where would hold the Football World Cup finals. Both projects had considerable exposure and have been exhibited all around the country.
The desire to connect with his continent’s native culture 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 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. The intense concern is due to the traces of a colonial past still rooted and perceptible among Brazilian society. With photography, Leo desires to unveil the historical development of his country.
Currently, Leo is a member of the VII Mentor Program and his work has been published by Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Die Ziet and El País.