João Pina was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1980 and started working as a photographer at the age of 18. Having spent most of the last decade working in Latin America.
In 2007 he published his first book “Por teu livre pensamento” featuring the stories of 25 former portuguese political prisoners, with his colleague and friend Rui Daniel Galiza who wrote the texts. The work from his first book, inspired an Amnesty International advertising campaign, that got him a Lion d’Or award on the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2011, among other awards he has been granted the Moving Walls 21 (2014), SPA award (2012) Estação Imagem grant (2010), PDN Photo Annual (2010), and a finalist for the Fotoevidence Book Award (2014) Gabriel Garcia Marquez prize (2013) Henri Nannen award (2011), Care award (2011) the Lumix Festival Award (2011) and the Alexandra Boulat Grant (2009).
His work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, GEO, El Pais Semanal, La Vanguardia Magazine, D Magazine, Io Donna, Days Japan, Expresso and Visão among others.
He has exhibited his work in New York (Open Society Foundations, International Center of Photography, Point of View Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery), Tokyo (Canon gallery), Rio de Janeiro (Museu de Arte Moderna), São Paulo (Paço das Artes), Lisbon (KGaleria and Casa Fernando Pessoa) and Porto (Centro Português de Fotografia) and in Perpignan (Visa pour L’Image).
In 2014 he finished his longest personal project, publishing his second book “CONDOR“, showing the remnants of a military operation named Operation Condor aimed at destroying the political opposition to the military dictatorships in South America during the 1970s.
He graduated from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program of the International Center of Photography in New York (2004/2005).