After studies at the Escola Politécnica da Universidad de São Paulo, José Yalenti worked as a civil engineer and was a keen amateur musician, but his passion was always photography. Together with Eduardo Salvatore, he was one of the founders of the Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante. He was active developing experimental art photography, applying new concepts of composition, lighting, and cropping using lines, light, and shadow to fragment and recreate the visible world. He participated in various exhibitions in Brazil and abroad. His work is part of such private and public collections as the Tate Modern in London and Itaú Collection of Photography in São Paulo. He was featured in the recent São Paulo exhibition Moderna para Sempre: Fotografia Modernista na Coleção Itaú.