A butcher in Salvador, Bahia cuts flanks of beef at Mercado São Joaquim. Brazil.


Lucas Alvarado-Farrar, Photographer

Lucas is an American culture & portrait photographer born in New York, raised in DC and with roots in Honduras. His photography developed out of an academic background in Urban Planning and Anthropology while studying at Columbia University in the City of New York. He began documenting the booming music scene in New York in 2010 taking him from boxing rings and backstreet stages to apartment studios and basketball courts. Developing a keen sense of location-based portraiture was fundamental in documenting these scenes - and this style and technique was pivotal in the work he would later create. 

In 2014, Lucas partnered with Welcome.US to create a nationwide photo-essay documenting family histories of immigration. The essay wove the intercontinental journeys of residents of New Orleans, Lincoln, New York, Tucson, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Miami. It continues to serve as a fundamental piece of the organization I.Am.An.Immigrant.

When the murder of Mike Brown stirred the nation, Lucas along with director Sabaah Folayan travelled to St Louis, Missouri and partnered with Damon Davis to create a feature length documentary called Whose Streets? (Magnolia Pictures) - it would later debut at Sundance Film Festival and premiere in theaters nationwide. 

He has been on assignment around the world continuing to document his interests at the intersections of urban design and cultural influence, this includes China, India, Brazil, the Philippines, Honduras, Japan and Germany. His clients include: Condé Nast, Viacom, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, NBC, Complex, and more. In addition, he was an artist in residence at GersonZevi.


Bombay, India.


The Zaveri Bazaar of Bombay

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Welcome.US


A national campaign to inaugurate the first immigrant heritage month in US history

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Dibrugarh, India.


Plucking Tea Leaves in the Gardens of Assam

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Chengdu, China.


Meat Markets and Industrial Change in Western China

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