Adriano Fagundes was born in Starkville, Mississippi, and grew up in Brasília, Brazil’s capital city.  

At 18 years old in 1990 he moved to New York City to study photography at The School of Visual Arts. While attending SVA he worked as a freelance assistant to several photographers in New York, learning first hand how to apply different lighting techniques to varied styles of photography and film.  

From 1995-1998, Adriano worked as the first assistant to legendary Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort. 

In 1998 he started his career as a professional photographer in New York, working with a wide list of clients for the next 12 years.

After moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2010, he continued to work on his decade long project about the people of the Amazon river.

In February of 2014 Adriano publishes his first book, “From The Andes to the Atlantic: A trip down the Amazon river”,

His arresting images are featured in editorials in a range of magazines around the World including :

National Geographic (Portugal), InStyle, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Travesias (Mexico), Dazed and Confused, FRANK 151, TRACE, CLAM Magazine (France), SPIN, People magazine, Gatopardo (Mexico), British Cosmopolitan, Self, Essence, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Siempre Mujer, Marie Claire, German Glamour, Vital (Austria), More, Fitness, UP Magazine (Portugal), Delta SKY Magazine, Caribbean Travel + Life and Condé Nast Traveler.  

Corporate Clients: American Express, HBO, Mercedes Benz, Original Penguin, AMC Channel, Sephora, Jergen’s, Eddie Bauer, Hennessy, Velour Records, Universal Music, CTI Records and Domino Records.

In Brazil his clients include: Universal Music, WARNER Music, Grupo GLOBO, VIX Swimwear, CAPI, VEJA Luxo, VIP magazine, Glamour Magazine, Rota Leste, Revista ALFA, MODA (Joyce Pascovich), Revista Contigo, GLOSS Magazine, Revista COSMOPOLITAN, Revista Serafina, The President, AZUL magazine, Revista GOL, Revista TRIP, RED REPORT, TAM-Nas Nuvens, VAMOS Magazine, INKED, ZUX and Cyrela.

Adriano lives in Rio de Janeiro, works and plays across the globe.