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I am a freelance photographer living in Berlin but was born originally in Brazil. I´ve lived in Belgium, England, USA, China, and traveled/worked in over 35 countries.

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"Ich habe den Wunsch zu fotografieren. Ich gehe mit meiner Kamera hinaus. Ich entdecke etwas, das mich emotionell, geistig und ästhetisch aufregt. Ich sehe das Foto vor meinem inneren Auge, und ich komponiere und belichte das Negativ. Ich gebe Ihnen das Bild als Äquivalent dessen, was ich sah und fühlte."

- Alfred Stieglitz (1933)

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    Thiago Pedrosa says:

    "I met João at Flickr, when he was still known as "JoãoBambu", and when the Flickr community was still small and everybody knew everybody. He's a cool dude, a good photographer with a keen eye and a sharp sense of humor, a nice friend, and a great inspiration."

    January 10th, 2008

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    Amber * says:


    flickr testimonial, that is.. . he was the first on flickr to notice my poetry, my food blog, me. And he was one of the first to inspire me to go further with my photography -- because when I started I didn't know anything. He has been a contact of mine since 2005.

    This has been a long time coming Joao. And should have been said so much earlier!

    He is inspiring. His roots come alive and are echoed in his subjects / his framing / colors. Like a subtle drumming , a palpitation matching his hearts own rhythms .

    His photography grabs you. Constant evolving of his works, make the viewer gasp. He takes subjects often abandoned and turns them into interesting, textural , insightful works. You can't just glance at each photograph, you need to study them to take in the depth and secrets that are contained within.

    I expect Joao to encompass all of his dreams. His talent / drive / caring is thrown out in waves, and you can't stop that type of energy!"

    August 3rd, 2007

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    H Campos says:

    "I just want to thank you for your help, I sold some photos on fotolia...(I know it took a while, I am doing a wedding in things start happening...

    thanks a might not know it but you help me a lot...!!!"

    May 13th, 2007

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    Jellykat says:

    "I think his photos are truly amazing, highly detailed, great range of subjects with different lighting and effects.
    I have not yet come across a photo of his that I do not like and he truly is a versatile photographer.
    Keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing some shots of Germany.

    October 8th, 2006

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    AmericanTechie says:

    "Joao is an inspirational photographer. I have been watching his Flickr photos from the beginning and they tell a great story of his life. His Flickr photography also document the progression of the skill in his beloved craft. The quality of the pictures have increased tremendously as he has transformed from beginner to expert. An added dimension is the great stories he writes for many of his pictures. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life with us Joao!"

    October 7th, 2006

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    gabby wind says:

    "Versatility is his name. I like his way to see and to live the life. He's not afraid to face challenges, I think. At least it's what he demonstrates."

    July 26th, 2006

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    periodic chalk says:

    "Amazing Photostream!!

    Thank You for Sharing.


    July 11th, 2006

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    spilopterus says:

    "With the bright equipment and skill, a good photo can be taken. But what joao excels is taking that cheap little camera and pushing it to it's limits that results in great shots. Fantastic!"

    January 17th, 2006

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    "João is one of the bests! Its photos are brilliant catch moments special of its land. And he still photographs rodeos! A great hug for you amigo!"

    December 29th, 2005

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    dre.e says:

    "he takes unbelievable pics.

    i do like. hehe


    November 2nd, 2005

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    Miss Pola says:

    "He is a great photographer...and a great person...
    He knows how cheer up the spirits of all the photographers like me that we are in the first steps in this world of photography...and with his great comment he make me stronger to make more and better he does...
    I hope you the best in this world diserve this...

    October 21st, 2005

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    steady observation says:

    "João has incredibly ecclectic tastes and it shows in his photography.

    Very well done!"

    October 11th, 2005

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    fubuki says:

    "Super Shaolin Bamboo Master Joao is one of the finest souls on Flickr. period. i will fight anyone with chains and beer bottles who says otherwise. Joao has the Spirit - and he shares his infectious goodness with all."

    September 27th, 2005

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    cafenut says:

    "I really like this guy's photos. Especially after he was cool with me messing with one of his photos! I really like the photos he takes of the places he visits."

    September 21st, 2005

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    romkaz says:

    "I have known John since I was 15. He trully one of the coolest and most interesting people I know (as you can see in his work here). In the words of our common friend from the past: Excellent, Mr. Joao, excellent!!!"

    April 12th, 2005

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    sean808080 says:

    "joaobambu is an intrepid interpreter of cool color, passionate people, and fine photography. it seems joaobambu's mission in life is to live, love, and learn all the lessons this puzzling planet has to offer.

    4 stars for personality and pizzaz!"

    April 10th, 2005

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    old-fashioned page says:

    "Joao is definitely one of my favorite Flickrers. He's funny and clever and kind.
    His incredible amount (!!!) of pictures are just great; I always learn something from the captions too. There's a large variety of places he goes and things he captures in his photography.
    You watch, Joao is going to be the next best professional photo journalist!!"

    February 27th, 2005

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    Eneas says:

    "I don't know you, But I loved the bamboo and the neon photos :-D Keep on the good work!
    Saramago rulz!"

    February 15th, 2005

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    Vida Morkunas (seawallrunner) says:

    "Joao is a poet of the imagination. His photos reflect an innocent playfulness and an endless curiosity about the world that surrounds him.

    I always look forward to the next stream of Joao's pictures - they are whimsical, colorful and so beautifully composed."

    January 10th, 2005

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    Liz! says:

    "I love Joao. He is a sweet person who always shares cool pics of his world travels and his bushy eyebrows."

    October 6th, 2004

João Bambu
October 2004
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Berlin, Germany
I am:
Male and Taken
CEO of Magnetmann / Photographer
joao.paglione [at]