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 in Rio de Janeiro 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 many sides of our multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country 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. More than thirty years have passed since I met that newsboy and I´m still trying to find new ways of documenting human existence and sharing that. 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 awards. But because of the PEOPLE I met and the difference they made on me. My innocence (or arrogance) once made me believe I could make a big difference on their lives through photography. I hope I have done it a little bit in a few cases. 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.