Gabriela Portilho (b. 1986 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a documentary photographer and journalist currently based between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Her works often investigate the relationship between human beings and their symbolic, mythological, and oneiric territories.

She has worked on assignments for outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Capital Magazine, Causette, and De Volkskrant. Her work has been published by National Geographic, El País, Estado de São Paulo, UOL TAB, Plaza Pública, Crisis, among others.

She is a Women Photograph and Native Agency member. She is also part of the Latin American collective Ruda and one of the founders of Doroteia, a Brazilian collective focused on under-reported stories of women in Brazil.

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Gabriela Portilho é jornalista e fotógrafa documental formada pela Universidade de São Paulo e Université Lumière Lyon II, na França.

Seu trabalho está focado na investigação da relação dos seres humanos com seu universo simbólico, religioso e mitológico, permeando territórios oníricos.

Como fotógrafa tem trabalhado para diversos veículos internacionais como The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Capital Magazine, Causette e Volkskrant. Seu trabalho também já foi publicados em outros meios como National Geographic Latam, El País, Revista Superinteressante, Nova Escola, O Estado de São Paulo, UOL Tab, journal Plaza Pública, Crisis, entre outros.

É membro do Women Photograph e Native Agency. Também faz parte do coletivo latinoamericano Ruda e é uma das co-fundadoras do Doroteia, coletivo brasileiro focado em histórias protagonizadas por mulheres.


Academic Background

Minor in Journalism
University of São Paulo | São Paulo, Brazil

Bachelor of Art History and Photography
Université Lumière de Lyon | Lyon, France

Grants, Awards and Exhibitions

2020 | Granted / Jeduca Itaú Social Fund for investigative reporting on Education (Brazil)

2020 | Granted / National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund with Ruda Colectiva

2020 | Selected participant with Ruda Colectiva for the Festival de Fotografia Muff (Uruguay)

2019 | Selected participant for the Women Photograph Workshop (Ecuador)

2019 | Selected participant for the 20 Fotografos Workshop (Guatemala)

2018 | Granted / Azmina Fund for investigative reporting with Doroteia Colectiva (Brazil)

2018 | Exhibition at Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes (Tiradentes, Brazil) in YVY Mulheres da Imagem projection

2017 | Selected Participant at Portfolio Review Festival Errante (Montevideo, Uruguai)

2017 | Selected Participant at International Women’s Media Foundation scholarship (IWMF) for Native Agency’s inaugural Festival of Documentary Photography (Quito, Ecuador)

2017 | Collective Exhibition at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles (Arles, France)

2015 | Finalist of the Prêmio Abril award with the story “Pobres, Públicas e Excelentes” (São Paulo, Brazil)

2015 | Collective Exhibition Kind of Blue at Gris Escritório de Arte (São Paulo, Brazil)

2015 | Collective Exhibition at The Smell of the Dust in Germany, Brazil, France, Netherlands, Austria, and Portugal

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Gabriela Portilho is a documentary photographer, based in São Paulo, Brazil. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, among others
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