Born in São Paulo in 1953, Klaus Mitteldorf began experimenting with photography when he was 12 years old, after his father gave him his fi rst camera, a Yashica Mimi. In 1974, he began documenting surfers on the beaches in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. His photographic work has been published in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Playboy, Photo France, Zoom France, Graphis New York, and many other art and photography magazines. Mitteldorf has published ten books and his work has been exhibited internationally. He lives and works in São Paulo.