My aunt Teresa gave me a camera when I was six years old and I remember taking portraits of my family. After that, I did not take any more pictures until I started studying photography several years later. Nevertheless, I think there is a strange connection between the family portraits that I took as a kid and the kind of portraits I do today.
I studied photography at the Granja School in Jerez de la Frontera. Very soon after, I began working at the newspaper “Cadiz Information”. It was really with this newspaper that I learnt the basics of photojournalism.
My first assignment was covering an ecologists' protest in downtown Cadiz. The protest was not much - just three people and a horrible banner. That day I found out that, in this profession, you don’t find yourself covering the invasion of Normandy every day.
I was based in Morocco between 2006 and 2010 and that left a big mark on me. The government labelled me a "political adversary" because of my work.
I respect all photographers who share their own particular view of the world through their pictures.
Behind the Scenes
Reuters photographer Rafael Marchante chats with an immigrant from Sub-Saharan Africa in Nador, North Morocco.