Andre Camara is a photojournalist from Brazil, made famous by his photos that later inspired City of God. He has lived in London for the last 20 years and recently featured in a film for Britain’s Foreign Office in which he described what Britain means to him.
We thought this would be of particular interest for all the other Latin Americans living in the UK or those thinking about it.
And here’s a little more information about Andre:
Andre was born in 1969. He started working as a photographer aged 15 for Brazilian Journal do Brasil, juggling school and work until he went to read history at PUC University. Amongst his first big assignments was the 1986 World Cup. At 17 he photographed the inside of a drug dealers war in a Rio slum – the powerful images prompted national outcry and the police intervention. 20 years later these images provided the inspiration for the film City of God.
Andre has worked for Associated Press, Reuters and The Times amongst others. He was the only photographer in Baghdad for many months during the first Gulf War, and won his first awards for his coverage of the IRA bombing of city of London.
Andre is now turning his attention to the 2012 Paralympic Games, just over a year away. Andre has a prosthetic leg and is a keen rower. He has been training intensively, hoping to qualify for a Brazilian Paralympic rowing team and says it would a dream to compete in 2012.