João de Carvalho Pina was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1980 and started working as a photographer at the age of 18. Having spent most of the last decade working in Latin America. Stories have led him to countries like Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba and Paraguay.
In 2007 he published his first book “Por teu livre pensamento” featuring the stories of 25 former portuguese political prisoners, with his colleague and friend Rui Daniel Galiza who wrote the texts. The work from his first book, inspired an Amnesty International advertising campaign, that got him a Lion d’Or award on the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2011, among other awards he has been granted the Estação Imagem grant in 2010 and a finalist for the Henri Nannen award, Care award and the Alexandra Boulat Grant.
His work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, GEO, El Pais, EPs, La Vanguardia Magazine, D Magazine, Io Donna, Days Japan, Expresso and Visão among others.
He has exhibited his work in New York (I.C.P. Point of View Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery), London (Ian Parry Award), Tokyo (Canon gallery), Lisbon (KGaleria and Casa Fernando Pessoa) and Oporto (Centro Português de Fotografia) and in Perpignan (Visa pour L’Image).
He is currently working on his longest personal project “Shadow of the Condor” documenting the remnants of a military operation named Operation Condor aimed at destroying the political opposition to the military dictatorships in South America during the 1970s.
He graduated from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program of the International Center of Photography in New York (2004/2005).
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2004-2005 he decided to go back to school and enrolled in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program of the International Center of Photography in New York.
2000-2004 Graduated from college at IPAM in Porto, Portugal with a minor in Marketing Administration.
2012 – Winner of the SPA (Portuguese Authors Association) award for photography, Winner of the 1st prize of Estacao Imagem news category.
2011 – Winner of a Lion d’Or award on the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Finalist of the Henri Nannen Prize for his work on violence in Rio de Janeiro published in Stern Magazine.
2010 – Winner of the PDN photo annual on the Magazine/Photojournalism section also won Estação da Imagem Grant to produce a book in Alentejo, Portugal and was awarded with Estação Imagem award for daily life story with his work Gangland. Was amongst the finalists for the 2nd Lumix young photojournalist award in Hanover, Germany.
2009 – Final selection on the first edition of the Anthropographia competition of photojournalism on human rights in Montreal, Canada.
2008 – First prize in the News Reportage of the Visão Photojournalism awards for his work in Afghanistan.
2007 – First prize in Portrait of the Visão Photojournalism awards for his picture of Raquel Tavares, a young fado music singer.
2005 – First prize in Arts of the Visão Photojournalism awards for his picture of a Tango show in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 – First prize in Arts of the Visão Photojournalism award for his work on a daily life story of a Cuban transvestite in Havana, Cuba.
2003 - First prize in the News Visão Photojournalism award for his work on the Prestige Oil Spill crisis in Galicia, Spain.
Nominated for 5 times (2004-08) for the final phase of the World Press Photo Joop Swart master class and 4 times (2006-07-09-11) for the final phase of the PDN 30 under 30.
Participated on the 2005 Focus in Monferrato Master class in Piedmont, Italy.
2012 – May “Beyond words: Photography in the New Yorker” Ullens Center in Beijing, China(Group).
2011 – September “Beyond words: Photography in the New Yorker” Howard Greenberg gallery, New York City, USA (Group).
2011 – June “O PREC já não mora aqui” – Portuguese Center for Photography, Porto, Portugal (Solo).
2010 – September “Gangland” Visa pour L’Image - Care award, Perpignan, France (Group).
2010 – June/September “Povo, Povo” - EDP Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (Group).
2010 – March “Estados de Guerra” – Teatro Nacional São João, Oporto, Portugal (Solo).
2009 – November “Gangland” - Kgaleria, Lisbon, Portugal (Solo)
2009 – November 7/14 “Cuba” - Fotoweek DC, Washington DC, USA (Group)
2008 – July/August “Foto8 summer show” – HOST Gallery, London, United Kingdom (Group).
2008 – March/April “3” – Kgaleria, Lisbon, Portugal (Group)
2008- January/February “For your free thinking” - Point of View Gallery, N.Y.C, USA (Solo).
2007 – November “Lusofonia” – Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Belgium (Group).
2007 – June “Veras show” – Canon Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (Group).
2007 – April-June “Por teu livre pensamento” – Portuguese Center for Photography, Porto, Portugal (Solo).
2007 – March/April “TXT” – K Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal (Group).
2006 – September/December “Que sei eu do que serei, eu que não sei quem sou” – Casa Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon, Portugal (Group).
2005 – July “Ian Parry Award” – Camera Press Gallery, London, United Kingdom (Group).
2005 – June “Position” – International Center of Photography, New York City, USA (Group).
National Collection of Photography – CPF (Portugal)
Numerous private collections