Bryan Derballa

29.08.2013 in23:24 in Documentary -->


Bryan Derballa (b. 1982) is a Brooklyn-based documentary photographer. After studying English at the University of California in Berkeley, he pursued an interest in photography and in 2006 started Lovebryan — a photoblog Web site featuring a community of friends that share their personal work. Together many of the Lovebryan contributors have pushed each other to become working photojournalists, filmmakers, or fine art photographers.
Derballa has worked on projects and assignments in Israel, Colombia, Venezuela, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, India, and Brazil. His personal work focuses on transitions and in-between states, often relying on mood and feeling for connective emphasis.

Professionally, Derballa has photographed editorial assignments for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The FADER, Financial Times, T: New York Times Style Magazine, AARP Bulletin,, Vice Magazine, Huck Magazine, and Juxtapoz. He has also done commercial work for J. Crew, Nike, Adidas, Vans, Palladium Boots, French Connection, and G-Shock.

He is available for assignment, either domestic or abroad.

There is a creation myth among the indigenous people of the Amazon River Basin that claims God carved man from the clay of the river. This project explores how the Amazon River in Brazil is still shaping the lives of everyday people that live along its banks. The Amazon is the world’s largest river by volume. Yet beyond its vastness, it affects people geographically, economically, culturally, and unconsciously. The population of the region faces the geographic constraints of the river and its rainforests, stifling the infrastructure of highways. While the Amazon River provides the means to feed them, it prevents the over-industrialization that has catapulted southern Brazil into the status of a BRIC nation. As a result many residents straddle a state between tradition and modernity. By examining the intersections of human life and the river—transportation, commerce, agriculture, fishing, and recreation—these pictures attempt to represent the indelible connection between the people and the tea-colored waters that abound them.