Lalo de Almeida has covered news and social issues for publications in Europe, America and Brazil, working for the Folha de São Paulo for 27 years while pursuing his own documentary projects.
For his first long term project The Man and the Land Lalo met people from various traditional Brazilian populations, to understand and communicate how ancient traditions influence the communities relationship with the environment.
In 2012, Lalo won an award from the Brazilian National Arts Foundation to explore the social impacts of the construction of the Belo Monte hydro-electric power plant on the Xingu river in the Brazilian Amazon. This process led to a fascination with the fate and development of the Amazon basin, where Lalo has worked for the past decade, documenting the effects of industry and infrastructure projects on the fragile ecosystems of the rainforest and its people. This work culminated in the project Amazonian Dystopia for which he won a Eugene Smith Fund Grant in 2021.