Marcio Pimenta “Pepper” is an explorer, photographer, filmmaker and speaker.
He is a member of The Explorers Club and a National Geographic Explorer. His work is dedicated to witnessing the history of humanity, marked by conquests and losses.
With the support of the National Geographic Society, between 2022 and 2023 he embarked on a solo expedition of more than 11,000 km (6,835 miles) across land and sea following the trails described by Charles Darwin in his travel journal. Pimenta documented the socio-anthropological observations, the landscapes and Darwin's legacy still present in Patagonia.
A graduate in economics, with doctoral work in international relations and specializing in American studies, Pimenta abandoned his academic career in 2013 to focus on a career as a storyteller.
In 2016 and 2017, he was in Iraq to cover the war against ISIS and the rebirth of Yazidi women. This work resulted in his first photobook, published in 2020, "Yazidis."
Between 2018 and 2020, he traveled to several countries in South America to document how human beings transform landscapes to obtain water, energy and food.
As a witness to important events of our time, Pimenta hopes that the result of his work will be used for anthropological, sociological, economic, geographic, historical and aesthetic studies.
Pimenta splits his time between Patagonia and the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, with his wife.
Rory Peck Trust and Pulitzer Center Fellow.
Man and Earth, 2023. Photobook. 96 pages. (In progress)
Yazidis, 2020. Photo Book. Hard Cover. 88 pages. ISBN: 978-65-991632-0-3
Publisher: Artisan Raw Books.
Awards and Grantees
National Geographic Explorer 2022
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Prize 2022 (Finalist)
Mário de Andrade Prize for Ethnographic Photography - National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), Brazil 2022 (Honorable mention)
Princess Isabel Photography Prize, Palmares Foundation (Finalist)
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - 2021 - "Clash of Civilizations", Tierra del Fuego, Chile
XVI Marc Ferrez Photography Award 2021 with the project “Mata-Fina: the history of Bahian cigars that conquered the world"
Grantee - Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - 2021 - "Clash of Civilizations", Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Bartur Photo Award 2021 - Main Award - Climate Change (Shortlisted)
World Report Award - Documenting Humanity 2021 in the Spotlight Category (Shortlisted)