Yanomami women apply traditional make-up as they get ready to celebrate in their shapono in the Siapa region.
The Amazon was my first love as a photographer, when my interest in documentary photography started in the nineties. Luckily, and because my background as a mountain climber, I was envolved on many trips to remote locations in the region but eventually begun to pay more attention to the people living there and the jungle environment than to the mountain faces of the precambrian tepuy formations.
During 1990s and early 2000s I made several trips to document indigenous communities, their health issues as well as enviromental projects. These communities include Yanomami, Piaroa, and Yekwana, peoples from the Amazon and Orinoco basins that I documented both with still photography and video.