Tatiana Cardeal. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

Independent | photographer | visual artist | dreamer, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
For a decade, I worked for large Brazilian magazines and newspapers as an art director and designer. Since 2005 I've been concentrating my activities in the production of photography, mostly documentary and travel. I've been specialized in in-depth documentary projects that investigate the development of a visual language that enhances the social/human development, prioritizing my work with NGOs, Foundations, Institutes and Universities, on cultural and educational areas.

[ Some NGOs and other non-profit organizations have been requesting that I license use of my photos to them free of charge, as my body of work has a very strong focus on social issues. Photography is my vocation and NGOs are mostly of my clients, so please, don't ask me free photos.]

Apologies for delayed messages, lost emails, some absence, and not adding all contacts I wished to able to add and manage.

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Current Location: —via Lightstalkers

. BLOG: Brazil Social Photography


Interviews | Entrevistas:
DVeras em Rede: Castelo dos Sonhos: entrevista
• PLATEFORM Magazine: Amazon with Health and Happiness
FlickrBlog: 5 perguntas
The Argentimes
Global Voices

Relevant clients:
Amnesty International - UK / Austria / USA
Annabelle Magazine, Switzerland
Arizona State University Foundation - USA
Bulletin Magazine - Credit Suisse
Childhood - World Children Foundation Brazil
Courrier International Magazine - France
Deutsche Welle - Germany
European Alliance Against Malaria - Europe
Fundación AVINA
Forum Syd - NET - Sweden
Fundação Vitor Civita - Revista Nova Escola - Brazil
Greenleaf Publishing - UK
Institute of Development Studies - UK
International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights NET - USA
Instituto Observatório Social - Brazil
Max Magazine - Germany
National Geographic Channel - USA
New Internationalist Magazine - UK/ Canada/ Australia
Oxfam International
Pathways of Women's Empowerment - UK
Plenty Magazine - USA / Canada
Popular Photography Magazine - USA
PRIO - International Peace Research Institute Oslo - Norway
Secretaria Especial dos Direitos Humanos - Brazil
Socialist Worker Newspaper - Australia
The Big Issue Magazine - Scotland
The Independent Newspaper - UK
The Sunday Times UK
Thompson Rivers University - Canada
Tomorrow Magazine - Germany
UNIDIR - United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - Switzerland
WIENERIN Magazine - Austria
World Development Movement Action Magazine - England/Scotland
World Pulse Magazine - USA
World Resources Institute - USA
WOZ Newspaper, Switzerland
YES! Magazine, USA

Partners, that I've been happy to contribute:
CARF - Children At Risk Foundation - Brazil / Norway
ISA -Instituto Socioambiental - Brazil
Movimento Nossa São Paulo - Brazil
Revista Viração - Brazil

More detailed publications

• Formed Bachelor in Visual Arts by the Belas Artes University of Sao Paulo
• A year and a half studding Interactive Media Mass as post graduation at Senac - Sao Paulo.

Prizes and eminences:
• Silver Medal - International Photo Biennial “TashkentAle – 2010” - Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
• Humanity Photo Documentary Awards winner 2009, in China - organized by UNESCO.
• Brazilian 31º Vladimir Herzog Journalistic Award of Amnesty and Human Rights - Honorable Mention Prize
• Nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award.
• Brazilian 25th edition of the Human Rights Award for Journalism.
2007 • Nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award.
• 2nd place (Portrait Blogs) - The Best of the Journalism 2006
Web Site Winners NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
• 2nd place (Festival and Event Blogs) - The Best of the Journalism 2006
Web Site Winners - NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
2005 •The Flickys People's Choice Award for Excellence in Photojournalism Photography - 2005.

2004 • XXIX Prêmio Abril de Jornalismo - 2004 (best education reportage - art direction)
2003 • Prêmio Esso de Jornalismo - 2003 (best graphic creation in magazines)
2002 • XXVIII Prêmio Abril de Jornalismo - 2002 (best produced reportage in photography)
2000 • XXVI Prêmio Abril de Jornalismo - 2000 (best photography edition)



If you don't know CARF - Children at Risk Foundation yet, you may like visit this project. What I've seen there, during these last years of visits are shared at this collection
of sets: CARF

> I support a precious friend Langfia Ayeona
to develop the Indigenous /Tribal Pool

>some of my Explore pictures at Flickr, by Isaias.

I must thank you all, the encouragement I've had here, from all of you.

Photos of © Tatiana Cardeal (13)

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    looking4poetry says:

    "Tatiana is flickr's Dorothea Lange."

    October 30th, 2008

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    CXK says:

    "tati she whoop ass"

    November 5th, 2007

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    Protection Island says:

    "Tatiana shows a faboulous perspective od Brazil with stunnig images, I will have to visit Brazil after seeing these great images."

    May 20th, 2007

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    stale border says:

    "Her photos are not only inspiratonal, but it's significant. Because it's one thing to be aware of the things that are happening arond the world. But it's quite another when an individual makes such a commitment and passion behind each and every project. I'm simply speechless for words... Wow. :-)"

    December 25th, 2006

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    CharlieBrown8989 says:


    I can recalled that she is one of my 1st contact in flickr.

    With her works published in major photos publications. I need not further to say ...

    That is No word!!

    Thank you for loving kindness & sharing with the net community.

    You are great......."

    December 15th, 2006

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    abiding yard says:

    "I don't think Tatiana needs any testimonial... her photos talk clearly about her eye and her sensitiveness.
    Her work is a rare jewel in a world where the awareness is often considered like heresy. She shows us "the real thing", without bubbles."

    December 9th, 2006

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    P!ndaro says:

    "Tati Cardeal lectures her viewers into life, color, dignity, pride and freedom.

    Her voice travels with dreams, her words amplify life and her vision touch the most intimate fabric of our hearts.

    It may be for her true human nature of profound sense of community but It's not very complicated to see love written all over Tati's work.

    Portraits filled with life, sensibility and truth, possible the same attributes that she reflects when she is taking them.

    Welcome to Tatiana's world."

    September 18th, 2006

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    incongruousdreamer says:

    "Tatiana is one of the first few people that I met here in flickr. A great set of eyes. I always get inspired to go to Brasil to take pictures because of Tatiana's work :) Keep it up Tati!"

    September 6th, 2006

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    misty rice says:

    "i have only one word to describe tati's talent...AWESOME!!!"

    September 1st, 2006

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    BrendaVenus says:

    "Tatiana is another Shakespeare of our time, a poet's endless rhyme.
    She inspires me and I am sure so many others. Her honesty and artistry is engaging. Tatiana has touched my soul.To put it plain and simple she is wonderful!!"

    August 22nd, 2006

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    quixotic back says:

    "Tatiana Cardeal,
    praqueles que se preocupam com o outro,
    que amam a fotografia,
    que enxergam a poesia além das imagens,
    é uma referência obrigatória.

    Vai além da técnica, da luz
    porque nos envolve
    numa mescla de emoção e sentimento,
    coração e luta por mundo maishumano e solidário.

    É muito bom saber que vc existe amiga.
    Felicidades eternas. Pra vc, sua família e amigos.
    Don´t give up. E conte conosco.

    Minha admiração e carinho.


    July 28th, 2006

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    Nicola Okin Frioli says:

    "Tatiana was my first contact in this flickr world, and now, she continues to be my favorite contact.. She have 3 beautiful gifts recive by the life: "Good eyes", the rigth sensitive for the people, and a great dedication to her work/passion.. She will be Great.. >Okin"

    July 8th, 2006

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    ✪ Zuan says:

    "Tatiana show us her soul with photos depicting their confrontation with human rights issues around the world, the everyday struggle to survive, Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote that great photographs come about in that fraction of a second when the head, heart and eye find perfect alignment in an axis of the spirit, Tatiana has this gift.
    The photos of Tatiana reveal the precision of her vision, the breadth of her mind and imagination, the reach of her spirit and most important of all, the size of her heart, as expansive and all embracing as the Brazil she love so dearly."

    July 4th, 2006

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    pierre pouliquin says:

    "Tatiana…I don’t know her personally…but I wish to clone her!!!
    Just kidding of course, well she is one of those too rare people who, by her example give us good reasons to keep hope; to believe in us, the humans. And that passes through her great pictures, her subjects, her perspective, her words, perseverance, opened mind and kindness…well…long life Tati!!!"

    July 4th, 2006

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    Leley says:

    "Tatiana eh uma pessoa que me comoveu atraves do trabalho maginifico que possui. Ao longo do tempo eu fui dando conta de que o trabalho desta super pessoa tem muito a ver com o sentimento do coracao. Uma pessoa que busca no fundo o valor da imagem que mostrando. Um trabalho nao so de vivencia mais de intrucao ao ser humano.
    Continue assim minha flor. Seu trabalho eh divinamente importante para o sociedade do mundo. Me orgulho em poder escrever estas palavras para vc. Com carinho sempre."

    June 24th, 2006

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    Mylens* says:

    "Tatiana looks at Brazil's soul and captures it like few others do.
    In my opinion, her commitment to portrait the many different faces of our country is a unique and a rare labor of love.
    Each photo is both a work of art and a display of our culture.
    Tatiana is a fantastic Human Being."

    May 18th, 2006

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    Anna Rigato says:

    "Tatiana is a heart with legs and arms ;) She's a very sweet person that I had the pleasure to meet in the midle of a march against Bush in São Paulo. All her beautiful work is made with passion and strength, as you can see in her photostream.
    Thank you, Tati.

    May 3rd, 2006

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    ojoblanco says:

    "i love Tatiana's work. i especially love how the compassion of her vision is expressed through her imagery. she champions the lives of the less fortunate. she uses her camera to show their living conditions. but she does not do so in an exploitive way. her work is respectful. it honors the people that it is about.

    her work is activist art. her work is art that comes directly from the heart. although her images are often made in the service of journalism, to spread the word, the work is also strong on artistic terms. when looking at the work it is immediately apparent that her visual skills are quite refined. her compositions are strong, as is her sense of light and color.

    but most importantly, when i see her images i am moved. to me photography is primarily about expressivity, about one's ability to express and convey one's own vision and one's own feelings about one's surroundings and about the world in general. Tatiana's work expresses itself directly and beautifully."

    April 13th, 2006

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    Olivander says:

    "Some people are born, live, and die, and exit the world without leaving a trace. Others can whirl through a room and irrevocably alter the lives of everyone in it. Tatiana is the second kind. Her eye shows the humanity in every subject she points her lens at. There are few photojournalists or portrait artists of her caliber in the world today. She is my biggest inspiration and a good friend."

    March 30th, 2006

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    mixed ink says:

    "every picture here reveals a big part of humanity.
    it is not only about light, it is about life shares, and I do love these pictures for the soul they bring."

    February 21st, 2006

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    ectomorfo says:

    "I had the good fortune to be welcomed to Flickr with a typically generous comment from Tatiana. I quickly realised that here was a natural photographer with a capacity to reach deeper than other people, with a capacity to inspire. Tatiana remains my favourite photographer on Flickr."

    February 11th, 2006

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    JucaFii says:

    "O trabalho de Tatiana Cardeal extrapola o mero sentido de arte fotográfica. É arte da alma. É a capacidade quase mágica de revelar jóias étnicas e humanas através de uma lente. Eu sou devoto de Tatiana Cardeal desde a primeira foto. Obrigado, Tatiana, pela beleza, humanidade e poesia com que suas fotos nos alimentam.

    The works of Tatiana Cardeal go far beyond of the simple sense of photographic art. It´s pure art of the soul. It´s quite the magical capacity of revealing jewells of ethnical and human feelings through a lens. I am devotee to Tatiana Cardeal since the first pic from hers that I saw. Thank you, Tatiana, for feeding us day after day with the Beauty, Humanity and Poetry of your wonderful pics."

    February 7th, 2006

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    B I R D says:

    "Tatiana Cardeal
    Your lens probes
    and unthaws
    a world
    hidden in the
    cultural ice
    it is unblinking
    and vital
    and carrys with it
    a closeness
    that cannot be faked
    or frozen in time
    your work is vital
    please keep on snapping


    copyright 2005 Frederick D. Perry, All Rights Reserved"

    October 25th, 2005

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    Hugo Provoste says:

    "her wonderful way to see the life with her camera shows to us how wonderful is this world that exist in front of our eyes.
    her tallent and creativity create incredible atmospheres, but the most beautiful thing it is that when one sees her work, one gives account that this reality we could found it daily in our lives and hearts.

    never forget that your work gives back to us the beauty to enjoy the beauty of the simple things."

    October 11th, 2005

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    endurable stretch says:

    "Look at her ! this great but modest person, a person to learn from ! She certainly made me examine more carfuly the way I judge people and what they do.
    Thanks Tati :)"

    October 8th, 2005

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    Anas Bukhash (nascity) says:

    "Well what can i say...when i joined flickr...Tatiana was one of the 1st people who really inspired me with her photos and beleive me this effect is still on-going...straight away she fell into my favourite photographers list...(this list is somewhere in my brain so sorry i can't share it with you Tatiana =P)...anyways i love taking people's photos...and you are one of the best here on flickr "by far"..."

    September 22nd, 2005

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    joaobambu says:

    "Tatiana´s photography not only makes me proud to be a Brazilian but also ashamed at the large social disparity of our continent. She inspires me like few others on Flickr can to continue taking photos and hope that one day I can be a photojournalist or photographer.

    Her presence here on Flickr is truly unique and all are better for her talent, perserverence, and photographic excellence!

    Obrigado pela toda beleza que suas fotos me demonstrou..."

    September 11th, 2005

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    mickyates says:

    "I really admire the dedication that Tatiana brings to her craft.

    I believe your work can really help the preservation and development of the cultures that you so eloquently capture."

    September 4th, 2005

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    dynamic eye says:

    "Tatiana is not only an excellent photographer, she is a social historian and her images portray the world as it is rather that the way some of us in the "western (affluent) world", think it is!"

    August 30th, 2005

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    waynemethod says:

    "The world is beautiful through Tatiana's lens."

    August 25th, 2005

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    m@rtovskiy says:

    "Tatiana's camera can see peoples soul.

    P.S. And she loves 'The Beatles'."

    June 17th, 2005

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    thoughtful plate says:

    "first of all, tatiana has a great name. I like to over-articulate so it cuts the air sharply. She's been an inspiration to me and brings a warmth into her photos that speaks of wisdom and maturity beyond the norm. Each photograph tells a story and eloquently at that. She approaches her subject with a beautiful sensitivity. She is wonderfully supportive and a great person overall :) bravo"

    June 12th, 2005

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    babasteve says:

    "There's not a body of work I admire more than that of Tatiana Cardeal. Her photos truly reflect the very heart and soul of a people. She captures the spirit of their cutlure with such unique and vivid photography that you feel like you are there with them. Thank you, Tatiana, for taking me into your world!"

    May 3rd, 2005

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    carf says:

    "I know how hard it must be trying to go against the tides in Brazil, where the tides are so powerful that few have the courage to face them and then stand up again and face them time and time again. Tatiana has that courage and it shows in just about every single image she chooses to share with us on Flickr. The comments speak for themselves.

    Tati’s dignified and loyal attempts to constantly unite the two separate worlds of Brazil are often beautifully illustrated through the magnificence of her talented and artistically observing eyes. She is truly an artist and her subject matters respect her art as if it were their very own. In reality they are lending her something very personal and very precious, a present that so very few photographers are honoured to receive, they are lending her their souls and there is no better image on Flickr that illustrates this fact other than Cacique Nambikwara"

    April 23rd, 2005

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    Danilo Carriglio says:

    "Everyone can find in the photostream of Tatiana a lot of good reasons to think that she is "over"....
    Over with its eyeview, technique, composition, taste of colours but, above all, with its solid ability to communicate, to tell a story..
    Only few others photographers in flickr give me a stream so natural of impressions-emotions-reflections like Tatiana Cardeal...
    Each time, seeing a new shot of her, i can discover the powerful meaning of word "art"...
    Interfacing with these photos is like an open road toward a far land, with own reality, problems, people, rituals. It give me a great opportunity to appreciate a new cultural experience."

    April 23rd, 2005

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    Shooz says:

    "Probably one of the best and most important photostreams in flickr. Tatiana takes you to her corner of the world and shows you it in all its beauty and ugliness, the good and the bad.

    I come here to see beautiful photographs, wonderful warm portraits, and to learn, and to think, and to feel."

    April 21st, 2005

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    green pencil says:

    "‘Tatiana’, her name sounds so smart, lovely and inspiringly different. I got accustomed of her photos in the interesting Social Documentary Group pool and I was positively amazed. Until I finally had a total view of her very beautiful photostream. Knowing her gradually is a great pleasure.

    Her page became my favourite but most her best personality, how she show us the images with pure souls and spirits of people, events, issues, and cultures that captivated me very personally. Tati has the soul and beauty, her concerns over issues of humanity guided me to see another perfect evidence of our true existence.

    I believe that knowing her page is not only of inspiring photos, but I was blessed with a friend, a sister with great talent & inspiring vision. Her photos are continuous documents, as her soul live, her bright core disposition subsist like a watchful hummingbird.

    Long live, hum the drums dear Tati!."

    March 20th, 2005

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    dogsbody says:

    "Tatiana frequently chooses to document social issues and it is then that her already great talent is elevated higher still by the deep empathy she clearly feels for the people she photographs. Her images spill over with the joy of living and the beauty of the people of her native Brazil. Her photography isn't just great, it's important."

    February 21st, 2005

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    Gibtach says:

    "Tatiana has an incredible ability to capture people and their most personal expressions. This can be seen time and time again in her photographs. Incredible images of beautiful people in beautiful places."

    February 11th, 2005

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    ElTrueCoco69 says:

    "All artistic disciplines consist of technique, and passion. Tatiana joyously masters the two, and the result is glorious. Her pictures chant about the love and respect she has for her fellow human beings."

    February 6th, 2005

Tatiana Cardeal
November 2004
Sao Paulo
I am:
Female and Taken
Tatiana Cardeal | Photography