Calé Azad has been a editorial and commercial photographer for the last 18 years, having contributed to publications such as National Geographic, Newsweek, Vogue, GQ, NY Times among others.
In the last 5 years he has been dedicating more time to his art work, part of a big life change he have gone trough. In 2014 he moved from Rio de Janeiro to the small beach of Ibiraquera to dedicate himself completely to meditation and his art projects.
The result can be seen in the series Seekers, which won the Iberoamericanos Award in 2011 and was exhibited in Fotofest Houston 2014 and Flash Forward Boston 2014. He also wont the XIII Marc Ferrez Prize in Brazil in 2013, a U$ 22.000,00 grant to print his book Elo. His work has been seen in galleries, museums and festivals in USA, Denmark, Russia,Ireland, Argentina, Brasil, Bolivia among others. Other prizes are Best Portfolio of Encuentros Abiertos de Buenos Aires 2012, and a Mention of Honor at Porto Seguro Prize 2002.
His work looks into the universe of his own emotional and spiritual growth: Love, silence, sexuality, the conflicts between essence and ego and the dynamics between the individual and the whole.
2015 Collective Exhibition Ser Carioca de Luz, with images from Elo series, Rio de Janeiro.
2015 Collective Exhibition in Biographica Gallery, São Paulo.
2014 Exhibition of the series Seekers at Fotofest Houston.
2014 Collective Exhibition Latin American contemporary Photography, series Seekers, at Rosizo Museum, Moscow.
2014 Exhibition of the series Seekers at Flash Forward Festival, Boston.
2014 Exhibition of series Seekers at Festival de La Luz, Buenos Aires
2013 Solo exhibition of the series Elo and Seekers at Galleri Image, Denmark.
2013 Collective exhibition and book Latino/US with photos of the series Seekers.
2013 Solo Exhibition of Seekers at Atelie da Imagem,
2012 Exhibition of the series Seekers at Photovisa Festival, Krasnodar, Russia.
2012 Exhibition of the series Seekers and Tá de Caô at Encontros Abiertos – Festival de La Luz, Argentina.
2012 Collective exhibition Post with photos of the series Seekers, , Ireland,
2012 First Prize at the III Prêmio Iberoamericanos de Fotografia with the series Seekers, collective exhibition at the Centro Cultural de España in La Paz.
2012 Exhibition of the series Seekers and Tá de Caô? at the Encontros da Luz Festival in Buenos Aires, projection at Centro Cultural Recoleta.
2011 Solo Exhibition of the series Ta de Caô ? at the Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal, FotoRio Festival.
2011 Exhibition of the seires Ta de Caô ? at FestFoto Porto Alegre, projection at the Instituto Santander Cultural.
2011 Lecture and slide show at Ateliê da Imagem’s Sexta Livre project, Rio de Janeiro.
2005 Solo Exhibition of the serires Eleven Uncommon Portraits in Rio at IBEU Gallery, FotoRio Festival.
2003 Collective Exhibition of the series Absent Code at FotoRio Festival, in the show Da Pele Que Quer Ser Vista Ao Sentido do Invisível. The exhibition was also shown at Arte X Arte gallery, Argentina, and at the 3rd Festival de Fotografia de Miraflores, Peru.
2002 Honorable Mention at the Prêmio Porto Seguro de Fotografia, with the series Código Ausente, collective exhibition in São Paulo.
2014 Elo – self published with funds from Marc Ferrez Prize – ISBN 978-85-9172890-9
Photos in Collections:
Commercial and Editorial
2005 – 2012 Freelance Photographer, based in Rio de Janeiro has had his photos in main publications in Brazil and the world, such as National Geographic, Newsweek, NY Times, Vogue, GQ, BIG, Veja, Época, Trip, among others. Has several fashion and comercial clients like Cachaça Leblon, Antonio Bernardo, Banco Icatu, Leeloo, etc…
2007 Director of Cinematography at the brazilian set of french independent movie Chrysalid, directed by Jeanne Romana.
2007 Director of the music vídeo Esse Sujeito, from brazilian singer Zanna.
2007 Director of video recording of the pocket Ópera Solo, from composer Jocy de Oliveira.
2003 – 2005 Freelance Photographer based in New York represented by the agency Polaris Images. Published in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Fader, Trace, RES, The Village Voice, Bloomberg News, Business Week, Corriere de la Serra, Paris-Match among others
2004 Co-Director of the music video Percão, from American DJ Diplo.
2003 Correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for Polaris Images e Bloomberg News.
2000-2003 Photo Editor at Quem Acontece magazine office in Rio de Janeiro.
1997-2003 Freelance Photographer for main publications in Brazil like IstoÉ, Época, Valor, Trip, Diálogo Medico, Carta Capital among others.
1997-2000 Staff Photographer of IstoÉ Dinheiro magazine.
1991 -1997 Studied Architecture at FAU-USP, unfinished.