Beyond Skin (2015)
Dealing with health for more than 10 years, André François documented how Brazilians who face Hansen's disease and its stigma live. Every year, over 30,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the country.
André crossed Brazil looking for stories that would stir emotions and start a debate around this theme. “As incredible as it seems, these loads of suffering are what make their sensitivity rise”, tells the photographer.
Book’s design follows the concept of how it’s like to deal with Hanson’s disease: the roughness of the situation contrasts with these characters’ sweetness. The cover, as well as a few pages, was made by craft paper, a rustic textured type of paper.
Brazilian Health Expeditions (2013)
The Brazilian Health Expeditions is a non-profit NGO made by doctors, nurses, volunteers and logistic agents that travel to the most remote places in Brazil with one mission: to give medical care, specially surgeries, to Indigenous people, respecting the forest and traditions of patients and their families. This work avoids trauma and the high cost of going to a big city searching for treatment.
The book gathers the best pictures from André throughout eight expeditions travelling with the organization. Since 2007, the photographer goes along with the group, including the first international trip to Haiti after the earthquake, in 2010.
Women of strength (2011)
Inspired by the strength of female figures, André François documented, for two years, women who went on a journey filled with challenges, love and strength. The photographer crossed the country with just one question: what is overcoming for you?
The answers became the documentary Women of Strength, which women tell their own stories and show why they became an inspiration to their country, community, family and themselves.
This project addresses issues such as teenager pregnancy, family relationships, domestic and gender-based violence and facing illnesses such as cancer.
Back home (2010)
A documentary about home care in Brazil
Published in 2010, the book documents the life of many patients who are able to enjoy the warmth of their family thanks to home care, an initiative still little known in Brazil, but cheaper for the government and brings better quality of life for patients.
André François shows two distinct realities in this project: the life in big cities, which have a good medical infrastructure, and in isolated regions, with little access to health care.
The book also includes a series of pictures made by the characters, who were invited by ImageMagica’s educational team to show, in photographs, the meaning of being able to be cared at home.
Choosing and living (2009)
Treatment and quality of life of chronic renal patients
While André François was developing the book The curve and the path (2008), he had the chance to meet several chronic renal patients who needed to travel three times a week or move to a bigger city to have access to hemodialysis.
By researching and going deeper into the subject, the photographer got in contact with peritoneal dialysis, which although it could be done at home, it isn’t well known yet. François decided to photograph stories of people who adhered to this treatment and could move on with their lives inside their homes while awaiting kidney transplant.
Published in 2009, Choosing and living aims to contribute to make this treatment better known and encourage organ donation. In the same year, the book was one of the finalists in the category Published Photo Essay on Conrado Wessel Foundation Award.
The curve and the path (2008)
Access to health care in Brazil
By the end of Caring, André François realized how important it is to document the stories of those who seek health treatment in Brazil. In The curve and the path, the photographer reveals inspiring people who show the challenges of working with health in a country as big as Brazil.
By law, every citizen has the right to access free medical care in the country. However, that's not the reality, since many people have to leave their home to go after treatment in other cities or even in other states.
The book won the 1st place in Published Photo Essay on Conrado Wessel Foundation Award 2008 and some of its photographs were chosen in 2009 to be part of the permanent Pirelli-Masp Photography Collection.
A documentary about humane medical care in Brazil
Released in 2006, this is André François’ first book about health. He visited the five regions of Brazil after professionals who make the difference for their patients and families. The photographer wanted to portray the humanization and care inside hospitals, health centers and among health teams.
In 2009, some pictures of the book were exhibited in an individual room at the São Paulo Museum of Art (Masp, in Portuguese initials), as part of the Pirelli/Masp Photography Collection.
In 2011, an iPad version was released. Besides pictures and text, the app has making of scenes, videos and interviews with the author, revealing curiosities of the documented stories.
São Thomé das Letras (1992)
André François published his first photo-documentary in 1992, which portraits quarries workers from São Thomé das Letras, located at the south of Minas Gerais. In a city very known for their myths, André also found poverty, happiness and a welcoming feeling.
During this work, the photographer met many local children, who were amazed by his camera and followed him everywhere. Inspired by their engagement, André built for them cameras made out of paint cans (pinhole technique). Their answer was amazing.
The work opened their horizons and inspired him to create educational initiatives that would use photography as a tool of transformation. A seed, that later would become ImageMagica, was planted there.