The work of photographer Luciano Candisani shows the world’s vast wilderness areas throught images that seek to reveal the  link between species – including humans – with the environment. The interruption of this link by the habitats’ destruction is one of the main threats for the biodiversity and indigenous cultures conservation.

His story for the National Geographic magazine, “The Comeback Croc” (July 2013 issue), is an good example of his creative motivation and style. It presents a fresh visual interpretation on the life of  Pantanal Caiman, a species that strongly depend on the dynamics of the water in the world’s biggest wetland. One of the pictures on this feature has awarded him first place in one of the categories of the prestigious 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the year. And the coverage was extensivelly published by magazines and newspapers all arround the world.

Candisani started his career as a photographer for scientific expeditions, while he was still a graduate student at the Biosciences Institution of São Paulo University.  His first great professional opportunity was a three months expedition to Antarctic frozen seas to document the marine life under the ice in 1996. Since then, his assignments have taken him to some of the world’s most remote places, such as Antarctic, Patagonia, Amazon,  Rocas Atoll, Darwin and Wof Islands, Falkland islands, Philippines Danajon Banks, Uganda Mountains, Serengeti plains, and the Mesoamericam reef.

Nowadays, his is a contributing photographer for national Geographic and author of 7 photographic books, several exhibitions, workshops and stories featured in other key publications worldwide, such as Geo and BBC wildlife. He Is often invited to show his work in international photography festivals. He has participated twice in the the World Press photo jury, in Amsterdam and also has been on the jury of the Wildlife photographer of the year competition, in London.

Luciano also had completed several assignments exclusively for the Brazilian edition of the National Geographic. One of these stories, the “hippie monkeys” (2002) won first prizes in four categories of the  Abril Journalism Awards, including the top award of distinction in photography of the year. The great repercussion of his story brought real benefits to conservation efforts of this very endangered primate which is between  the 25th world’s most endangered monkeys according to IUCN red list.

Luciano was born in Brazil and lives with his family between the rainforest and the sea in “Ilhabela”, an island protected by a huge natural reserve in the southeastern Brazilian coast.



By Pierre Devin, founder and Director of the Centre Regional de la Photographie Nord Pas de Calais, France.

In wildlife photography, Luciano Candisani represents a new type of engagement. His concern is the protection of an environment and a threatened biodiversity. This awareness comes from far. The approach of Cousteau, through its documentary films and booklets deeply interested Luciano while still a teenager, giving him motivation. He took diving lessons and bought a Nikonos V. The coast of the State of São Paulo is his territory of experimentation. Learned in books, the underwater photography is not common in Brazil at the time. His orientation is confirmed in the studies of biology at the University of São Paulo. Interned in the Oceanographic Institute he participated in a mission in Antarctica in 1995. Started selling their photographic coverages and became a professional photographer. The photo of the seal on his floating Island is from this time. His approach of the animal’s relationship with environment shares the vison of wilderness in the nineteenth century paintings. J. Rugendas was facing the tropical wet jungle, the Douanier Rousseau imagined: the living occupies a central position, however, on a very present in the composition.

Luciano Candisani’s field of investigation is the vast wilderness areas, from the tropics down to the Antarctic. Water is always the main theme. For a source of life, this element is given a rough ride. His approach to behavior, to the relationship between the animal and its environment and its degradation poses hard questions to mankind. We are passengers in same Ark. It is a matter of our near future. We no longer have the luxury of merely pretending to do something about this wild exploitation of the planet.

The author attaches the greatest importance to the influence his photographs will have. Some may soon become the archive of a disappeared world. The ethical question is doubled with an aesthetic question. It is the terrible beauty of wild animals in nature that may move the human being to understand the cosmos in which he belongs. There is no doubt that some of these images will achieve iconic status. The photograph of the monkey teaching an inexperienced youngster how to break open a coconut stands – in our collective bestiary – with the sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in which a primate learns to use a tool.

All these turn Luciano Candisani into a fully authorial photographer. His point and his style move us and make us reflect.


By Matthew Shirts, National Geographic Brasil editor in chief , for the december 2007 issue of the magazine.

When I look at the photos in the story “Planet of the apes, which begins on page 132, I get butterflies in my stomach. And I think, so that’s how it all started. I see in these images, especially the first two, a summary of human history, the evolution of the species. They are poetic images, of great impact, shot by photographer Luciano Candisani in the South of Piauí state. Luciano is the author of many other memorable stories for National Geographic Brazil. You might remember “The journey of peace and love of hippie monkeys ” (December, 2003) or “Flight of the exile” (April, 2007), about the albatross. Luciano’s pictures have been published in many National Geographic editions, in all corners of the planet. He won the Editora Abril Journalism award four times and was named member of prestigious International League of Conservation photographers (ILCP). It’s not hard to understand why. His pictures are an invitation to enter the wild. They help us feel a stronger bond with nature and make us desire to take better care of the planet. It is fortunate for us that Luciano focuses his work in Brazil.


Globo News, programa Almanaque

Fox, Publieditorial

Site National Geographic

TV Globo, Fantástico

TV Globo, Fantástico

TV Globo, Fantástico


TV Estadão, Fauna Invisível

TV Cultura, Repórter Eco

Refúgio Ecológico Rio da Prata

National Geographic

National Geographic, Por trás da foto

Canal Arte 1, Programa Fotógrafos

TV TAM, Luciano Candisani

JEEP, Luciano Candisani