Flávio Carvalho, is a journalist and graduate of PUC-Rio University who was born in the biggest favela of Rio de Janeiro, Rocinha. The son of immigrants from the Brazilian state of Ceará, he continues to work as a journalist in the favela where he was born.
Flávio studied in public schools and decided to enrol in college. In 2008, he got a scholarship to study Social Communication at PUC-Rio University. In his fourth semester, he was invited to write for the new and only Rocinha–based newsoutlet: FavelaDaRocinha.com (FDR).
This work, for which he volunteered his time and effort brought him personal pleasure as well as professional development. This work experience resulted in various additional projects, like an internship with the newspaper Folha Dirigida, work for the radio and press office of the “Comunicar Project” led by PUC-Rio, social media work for the Social Welfare and Human Rights Secretary of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and a job as cultural producer assistant and photographer in C4 Bibioteca Parque da Rocinha (the only State Library Rocinha). Corrently works as content producer and photographer in the press office of the initiative, being in 12 countries, World Mosquito Program, lead in Brazil by Fiocruz. .
He was activist in political movement “Cidade Unida” and the co-founder of photography club FavelArt&Foto. This group, made up mostly of local favela residents, aims to show the positive side of favela life. He is also part of a photography club based in Rocinha: Fotografando FavelaDaRocinha.com, which is related to the FDR website. Flávio has been specializing in photojournalism since 2009, by focusing his academic training as well as his professional career on it.
Currently, Flávio currently works for FavelaDaRocinha.com as journalist and photojournalist.
ACTIVITIES AS PHOTOGRAPHER
Foundation: January 7th, 2012
FavelArt&Foto is a group of amateur and professional photographers who takes pictures in the weekends trying to show positive images from Rio de Janeiro favelas.
Photoclub Fotografando FavelaDaRocinha
Foundation: May 30th, 2012
Fotografando a FavelaDaRocinha is a photographer group that takes Rocinha daily pictures.
Photographic exhibition for 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Icict/Fiocruz - 2018
Exhibition 11ª Biennial Architecture from São Paulo - Street Vendors - 2017
Exhibition Via Sacra da Rocinha in Photos - 2015
Exhibition Street vendor Yesterday and Nowadays- 2014
Exhibition Popular Click - 2014
Exhibition “If I was me” - 2014
Exhibition Rocinha Northeastern - 2013
First Artistic Presentation FavelaDaRocinha.com - 2012
Permanent Exhibition Rocinha's Windows - 2012