Born in Manaus, Brazil, Raphael Alves studied journalism at Universidade Federal do Amazonas, photography at Universidade Estadual de Londrina, and visual arts at Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Comercial. He also has a master's degree in photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of the Arts, in London.
Alves collaborates with national and international agencies and is a member of the Everyday Brasil project.
His work has been recognized at Pictures of the Year Latin America in 2017 and 2021, and Pictures of the Year International, 2022.
His work has also won the Getty Images Editorial Grant and the Conrado Wessel Foundation Award, among others.