Luiz Maximiano became a photographer during the time he lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he won the Canon Prize in 2007 as new talent of that year in photojournalism.

An alumnus of ICP in New York, he has worked for such publications as Time Magazine, Newsweek, ESPN, Panorama, Der Spiegel, L’Espresso, Die Zeit, Smithsonian and Playboy.

In more recent years, he has also worked in cinema projects as a director of photography.