Where Are They Now: Alessandro Falco

Where Are They Now: Alessandro Falco

YPA 2013 was my first international experience with photography and I’m grateful to Justin Sutcliffe for the passion and support he transmitted to me during those valuable weeks in London. While there, I had the opportunity of showing my portfolio to a photo agency and I shortly after I become a member and remained for two years.

In 2014, I started with photojournalism, focusing primarily on the evolution of modern societies through the documentation of youth cultures. I then moved to Rio de Janeiro for eight months where I covered the street scenes of big sport events including the World Cup and Olympic games. I’m excited to say I’m on my way to return.

The Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, the night before the historical defeat of brazilian Seleção. Image ©Allesandro Falco.
The Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, the night before the historical defeat of brazilian Seleção. Image ©Allesandro Falco.

In 2015, I traveled along the Sertao, a semiarid region in Brazil, actually experiencing the worst drought of the last 50 years. I was able to document ensuing social issues and the contemporary culture of a very remote land. My work from this project will be presented at the 1st World Humanitarian Summit of United Nations, to be held in Istanbul during June 2016.

Expedita, rezadeira de criança" (children's healer) is blessing a baby girl in front of his blue house in the middle of Sertao. She treated thousand of childrens with small problems for free, becoming strongly respected by the locals. Image ©Allesandro Falco.
Expedita, rezadeira de criança” (children’s healer) is blessing a baby girl in front of his blue house in the middle of Sertao. She treated thousand of childrens with small problems for free, becoming strongly respected by the locals. Image ©Allesandro Falco.

A few months ago, I was selected to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop in New York, where I had the opportunity to work in close contact with some of the most important editors in our industry, and with an extremely talented group of young photographers from all over the world.

Rehearsal before a passinho show in Joao Caetano theatre (Rio de Janeiro), a rare opportunity for interaction between the culture of the favela and the middle class Brazilian who rushes to discover this new dance, a blend between samba and breakdance. Image ©Allesandro Falco.
Rehearsal before a passinho show in Joao Caetano theatre (Rio de Janeiro), a rare opportunity for interaction between the culture of the favela and the middle class Brazilian who rushes to discover this new dance, a blend between samba and breakdance. Image ©Allesandro Falco.

I’ve also had the fortune of being mentored by the extremely talented war photographers, Fabio Bucciarelli–the 2012 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award recipient–and with whom I traveled with in Greece and Balkans to cover the refugee crisis.

Fabio and I have also worked together for several months on the production of his most recent photo book, “The Dream”, an emotional journey through the human condition of refugees.

In this 29 March 2015, young guys are seen dancing inside "Dance mix disco" club in Tabira, Brazil, one of the few discoteque in Sertao Pernambucano where its famous folk music is still going strong. Inside, youngsters dance the traditional forrò but blended with more recent carioca funk and 90's pop music. Sertao, one of the poorest areas in all of South America located in the semi-arid Northeast Brazil, is now experiencing the worst drought of the last 50 years. Image ©Allesandro Falco.
In this 29 March 2015, young guys are seen dancing inside “Dance mix disco” club in Tabira, Brazil, one of the few discoteque in Sertao Pernambucano where its famous folk music is still going strong. Inside, youngsters dance the traditional forrò but blended with more recent carioca funk and 90’s pop music.
Sertao, one of the poorest areas in all of South America located in the semi-arid Northeast Brazil, is now experiencing the worst drought of the last 50 years. Image ©Allesandro Falco.

Find out more about Allesandra and his work at alessandrofalco.com.