I am an independent documentary photographer based in Paris, France, and working internationally (mainly between Europe and South America).

As a Storyteller, I develop long-term Stories based on themes that aim to help us reflect about important subjects of our contemporaneity. Specially interested on the consequences of the colonial legacy on our globalised world, I search to understand the structures of social identities, democracy and equality today.  

Born in Brazil in 1980, I grew up between the city of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, where my family comes from. I have studied photography at SENAC, Journalism and Social Communication at the Catholic University Sao Paulo and have a Master's degree in Cultural Project Development from the University of Barcelona. In 2009 I have moved to Paris where I still live.

I am part of the a National Geographic Explorer (2020), Canon Ambassador for France and is part of the Women Photograph group.

I have worked for medias and publications such as Le Figaro Magazine, Stern, L'OBS, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times, LENS Blog, among others.

And my clients on institutional and corporate photography are: La ZEP, Kronenbourg, Renault, FCA (Jeep and Alpha Romeo), PUIG, LATAM, among others.


2020 National Geographic Explorer
2017 Firecracker, winner
2016 Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Scholarship, winner
2015 Canon Award for Women Photographers, Finalist
2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Award 7th Edition, finalist
2013 Prix Emergentes DST, finalist


2019 FOTODOKS Photo Festival, Munich
2019 Indian Photo Festival + National Geographic, Hyderabad
2019 Forum des Images, Festival "A State of the World", Paris
2017 Museum of Modern Art in Recife (Brazil) + French Embassy, Recife
2017 European House of Photography + ARPIA association, Projection, Paris
2016 Angkor Festival Cambodia, Projection, Angkor
2016 Biennial of Documentary Photography, Berlin
2015 “Looking Forward", first exhibition of the LENS New York Times Blog in Africa, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos
2013 Festival Emergentes DST, collective exhibition, Braga

Carolina Arantes Photography

Carolina is a Brazilian independent photographer based in Paris, France. She pursues documentary stories both in Europe as in Brazil.
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