Edu Simões was born in São Paulo in 1956. Twenty years later he began his career in photojournalism. He belonged to the staff of the F4 Agency, was assistant editor at Isto É magazine and photo editor at Goodyear, República and Bravo magazines. In 1980, he received the Vladimir Herzog Prize for Human Rights and in 2012 the Marc Ferrez Prize. He was the exclusive photographer of Cadernos de Literatura Brasileira of the IMS (1996-2012). His work is held in the collections of MASP, MAM-SP, Pinacoteca of São Paulo, MIS-SP, Figueiredo Ferraz Institute and also in the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris, France) and Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía (Mexico).
His publications include: “Amazônia” (Terra Virgem publishing house, 2012), “Zine Inferno Verde” and “Marmites” (Editions Bessard, 2015 and 2018 respectively), and “59 - Retratos da Juventude Negra Brasileira” (Bazar do Tempo, 2020). He is represented in Brazil by Galeria Marcelo Guarnieri. Currently, Edu Simões collaborates with the indigenous movement, creating a series of portraits of indigenous leaders who fight for the defense of their lands and forests.