Mentor Program consists of the professional accompaniment for young photographers with innovative projects under the supervision of senior photographers. It is a personal orientation aimed at improving the photographic language and developing theoretical concepts for each project. A kind of academic advisor, who assists and provides tools capable of improving aesthetics and strengthening ties with the international photographic circuit.

Young photographers with mature and cohesive visions whose projects contribute to the debate and understanding of the central themes of the complex Brazilian reality. It is suitable for people with some professional experience and interested in deepening in the publishing market.

When: Current year


- motivation letter
- summary of the project (two paragraphs)
- 20 images that integrate the project
- 10 -15 Portfolio images
Scolarship: A photographer who came from populations historically stigmatized by their gender and race. They should submit the dossier in the same way to:

We need to discuss photography. Changing ideas is the best way.
Therapeutic assumption: overcoming personal barriers.
Narrow the bridge with the international publishing market.
Reference presentation
As :
Discussion of the initial proposals.
Conceptualization of the works. 
Follow up of the stages and the development of the projects.
Reflection on production. What goals do we want with the projects?
Image editing methodology.
Guidance for publication, editorial grants.
"One has to act with responsibility before the privileges of class"

Mateus Gomes:

"Escombros" is a series resulting from a research developed by the artist that addresses the theme of globalization, deterritorialization and the violation of human rights. The photographic series, developed between the years 2017 and 2019, addresses the expropriation of family farmers from their lands in the Açu region, V District of the Municipality of São João da Barra-RJ. The construction project for the Porto do Açu Industrial Complex, which is linked to Minas-Rio (the largest mining port project in the world), brought drastic social and environmental consequences to the region. The present work proposes a reflection on our current world. Where are we going? Is it possible to build a new conscience, a new moral philosophy, which is not that of market values, but solidarity and citizenship? Would a new, more humane globalization be possible?
"Mentoring with Victor was of great importance for my maturity as a photographer. The exchanges and conversations made it possible for me to see far beyond my vision of the development of copyright projects in photography, as well as to learn about image editing."

Thainá Prado


The photographic project on the delivery of menstrual collectors in Nigeria, carried out in 2019, involves all taboos on menstruation in the country.

The word "menstruation" itself already works as a synonym for prohibition. Most women cannot cook for their husbands or sleep in the same place when they are menstruating. Most of them, in a situation of vulnerability, bleed in buckets of sand, leaves of trees, dirty cloths or other materials already used and unhealthy. The same works for girls, who often drop out of school because they are ashamed of their menstrual period.

For this reason, a Nigerian doctor, alone, promotes classes on the menstrual cycle and donates menstrual cups, silicone cups for absorption for internal use for up to 10 years.

The reality of different cultures and, mainly, of women living in villages and camps for internally displaced persons, that is, victims of terrorist attacks by the Boko Haram group, were portrayed.

In addition to articles in some vehicles, the material also yielded a documentary called “Sacred Blood”, received some laurels and raised more than R $ 26,000 in donations to support the health and recognition of female power of Nigerian women.

Grasi Barbaresco


Filho Santo is a documentary project that began in 2019 and demonstrates the beginning of religious development in childhood. This work investigates how ideologies and traditions are transferred to future generations, and what responses young people are giving to contemporary society. Rafael, 15, and Gabriel Drumond, 12, are two brothers who live in a community in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Religious culture has a direct impact on the life of the whole family, and, according to their mother Daniela Drumond, the church was the only form of assistance that brought security and stability to them and their other three brothers.

"Mentoring was of great importance because it encouraged me to think of new ways to build visual narratives and to produce my projects with a much clearer understanding of documentary practice. Receiving the necessary guidance during the documentation of a story made all the difference in completing the project. I highly recommend it!"

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