Larissa Zaidan is a photographer based in her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. She started her career in photojournalism at VICE Brasil in 2016, where she mainly documented youth culture and the LGBTQIA+ universe. These themes continue to inform the photography and film work she does today, including the work we featured titled “I, Mackaylla.” The series sees Larissa capture the glamor and the loneliness of life as a São Paulo drag queen through the lens of her close friendship with Mackayla Maria. Larissa’s work has been featured in publications like VICE, Financial Times, California Sunday Magazine, and Folha de S.Paulo, and in 2019 she worked as director of photography for “35,” a film about trans life expectancy in Brazil.
“In some way, when I photograph these young people, I’m looking for the things I didn't have inside me at their age.”