Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Apu Gomes, is an experienced 33-years-old photojournalist specialized in social conflict with more than 1 decade of work covering the news, the people, and visual time of our age. During his 9 years with Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo, Gomes situated himself and captured forever-changing events such as the Libyan Civil War, in 2011 and the controversial USA-Iran Nuclear Program Treaty in Tehran.
Born in Caratinga, a small town in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Gomes moved to São Paulo at the age of 5 in the 80’s, when the drugs and crime scenes were really high. As an eyewitness to the violent nature of his surroundings, he developed a true passion for photography. While working as motorcycle courier in São Paulo, he developed a habit to always carry a camera with him, mainly to photograph the city life scenes. Gomes reflects, that his career as a photographer is partly due to a colleague, Guto de Lima, a photographer who Apu used to work with as a courier until hehimself encouraged Apu to buy his first camera, a 1970 Canon FTb with a 50mm lens. He then, decided to take his first photography classes while still working at the same marketing agency.
In 2006, Gomes caught the attention of the BBC News with his report on Brazil’s very own Gold Rush. He photographed the detriment living condition and the grave sacrifices made by these miners in the hunt for wealth and prosperty in the Amazon Rain Forest.
Gomes made his start with Folha de S.Paulo staff in 2007, among this time his work was a photography essay titled “Cracolandia”, exposing the true nature of a zone in downtown São Paulo that is notorious for its heavy usage of crack-cocaine. Gomes portrayed the mixed and crude urban reality of the city, while maintaining a sensible and poetic version of the cities nights and shadows.
He traveled to USA to documenting New Orleans’ rebuilding project city five years after Hurricane Katrina. In addition, covering the Drugs War during the military occupation of the favelas Complexo do Alemão in 2010 and in Rocinha in 2011, both occuring in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil.
During the Arab Spring, Folha de S.Paulo sent Gomes twice to Libya to cover the war. The first was between March and April 2011, when NATO has backed a resolution authorising a no-fly zone over Libya and began a military offensive against Gaddafi’s dictatorial regime. Then, in August 2011, during the fall of capital, Tripoli he came back to the country.
Two years later, Gomes was assigned to Iran, spenting three weeks in Tehran to produce a series of news reports about Iranian society, exclusively for Folha de São Paulo, that after becaming the book “Os Iranianos” by Samy Adghirni (*link).
In 2014, he worked on the coverage of the football World Cup in Brazil.
Since September 2015 He’s been working as a Brazilian correspondent in California, USA.