Haikai Photo is a photographer network based in Lisbon, Portugal. We take pictures of events, people, spaces, buildings, landscapes and everything that can be captured through a click. We believe that photography is a powerful way of revealing things you cannot see through your naked eye. We are passionate about creating images that through their contents, forms, colors, textures, shadows and compositions are able to enrich in some way the experience of their observers.
Theo Solnik is an award-winning photographer, cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where, already as a teenager, he started to work as a press photographer for the main Brazilian weekly publications. At that time, he started an extensive training in manual darkroom development and enlargement techniques of both color and black and white films. As a 17-year-old, he moved to Norway, where he had his first fine art photography solo exhibitions in the city of Trondheim and worked as a press photographer for the monthly publication Natt&Dag.
After concluding his studies in Philosophy and Sociology in Oslo, he moved to Berlin and started his studies in Film Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), considered one of the top 15 film schools worldwide. While constantly improving his skills in all areas of photography, he shot his feature-length documentary “Anna Pavlova lives in Berlin”, which received 6 awards, including best cinematography, and was shown in several film festivals in 25 different countries. In 2014, he founded the production company Haikai Films, which more recently gave birth to Haikai Photo, entirely dedicated to photography.
Since 2015 he lives, photographs and films in Lisbon, Portugal. He speaks fluently Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, Norwegian and German.
Passionate about photography since she was a child, Flora Lahuerta has studied Geography and Urban History, registered and interpreted landscapes, decoded old maps, organized exhibitions, published articles, flirted with journalism and ended up in the cinema field, just to be closer to the world of image creation. She has worked with awarded film directors in Brazil, researching images, locations and characters, and also producing films that were screened in festivals like Berlinale, Clérmont-Ferrand, Rotterdam Film Festival, Indie Lisboa and Rio Film Festival.
Between projects she also could find energy to be a DJ, having created some legendary parties in the 2010s Sao Paulo scene, like Macumbia, that’s still going on. Nowadays, when in Brazil, she runs her own film producing company, Filmes da Horta.
In Europe, together with Theo Solnik, she runs Haikai Photo, being in charge of production, art direction and photography assistance.