Mauricio Lima was born and grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1975), where he graduated in Communications from PUC University (1996-2001), with emphasis in Art History and Photography, in parallel of Photojournalism studies at Senac Institute, in 1998. In this meantime, he learned basics of professional cooking and then worked as pastry assistant at the renowned Fasano restaurant.
Inspired by legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and James Nachtwey, he started as a trainee photographer at Lance!, a local sports newspaper in 1999. A year later, Agence France-Presse (AFP) invited him as a stringer, then after seven months he became a staff contract. In almost 11 years he worked for AFP based in Sao Paulo, he covered many of the events that have defined recent history in Brazil and Latin America (Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia-Brazil border, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Mexico, among others) included several assignments to Iraq between 2003 and 2008 and the Middle East in 2004 (Jerusalem/Gaza Strip), and to Afghanistan in 2010. His work was published in most notable newspapers and magazines worldwide, such The New York Times, Liberation, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Paris Match and Stern. Lima became a freelance photographer three months ago, on April 1st, to develop personal projects on social issues focused on daily life in the aftermath of conflicts. He just returned from a two-month assignment to Afghanistan exclusively for The New York Times.
Lima was awarded by the POYi, POYi Latin America (2011) and nominated “2010 Wire Photographer of the Year” by Time magazine for his essay in Afghanistan, which includes a collective exhibition at the Museum of Oriental Art, in Moscow. In 2006, his work in Iraq was recognized by the Prix Bayeux Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, the UNICEF Photo of the Year in 2005, and the POYi in 2004. He was selected for the 2005 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass (Ordinary), the same year he had an individual exhibition at the VISA Pour L’Image International Photojournalism Festival, also for his work in Iraq. For “Hope Homeless” essay in Brazil, he was awarded twice, in 2004 by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Scoop et du Journalisme d’Angers in 2003. His photographs appear at Agence France-Presse’s yearbooks from 2001 to 2010.