I started photographing by accident. I bought a couple of consumer magazines and the newsboy gave me by mistake among them a fascicle of one of those collections on ‘how to become a professional photographer”. At 17 I was attending the first year of the engineering course and up to that day have never thought of photography as a career. I read the fascicle, completed the collection voraciously and within a few months gave up of being an engineer and moved to the journalism course.
Photography has taken me to places and made me meet people I would have otherwise never known. It showed me the “Profound Brazil”. Actually I think it showed me all The Brazils and I will be grateful forever for that. Since the beginning I knew I would “choose” the trails of documentary photography and soon realized my subjects´ stories would find no or very little resonance in the mainstream media and not rarely in most medias. Thirty years have passed since I met that “illuminated” newsboy. Making a living in this profession has always been and still is an issue but I have never regretted my choice. Not because of the art of photography, exhibitions, travels or award. But because of these PEOPLE and the difference they made on me. My innocence (or arrogance) once made me believe I could make a difference on their lives through photography. But when all this is over and I hopefully have the chance to look backwards, what I could learn with them will be all what I have taken from photography.
My complete resume can be seen at the LinkedIn link at left. But in summary I´m interested in finding new ways of documenting human existence and using that for advocating some change on how people with different backgrounds see each other.