I cover news, sports, features or whatever is happening of interest – whenever, wherever.
I shoot for a global audience: whatever the assignment, I try to shoot pictures with content that will be appreciated and understood by anyone that sees them, regardless of race, income, nationality or location.
I was always curious about cameras and about events unfolding. My grandfather was a good photographer and used to show me pictures.
I remember messing around with my parents’ camera when I was five years old. It was a Werlisa, and I used to load the film in it.
A friend of mine lent me a Canon and took me out to shoot landscapes, he taught me to see and use the light, and he taught me black and white processing and printing.
I grew up in Spain during the Franco regime and the transition period and witnessed a lot of social unrest: the dead Franco lying in state when I was 11; a policeman gunned down in front of my house; riot police on horseback charging demonstrators; tanks in the streets during the 1981 coup. At the time I was too scared to think of taking pictures, but I realised I felt a growing attraction to witness news events from the front lines, and eventually I found the perfect way of doing this by picking up a camera and becoming a photojournalist.
My first assignment was a night-time first division soccer match at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium, when I was working for the Associated Press as a stringer in 1989. Mexican player Hugo Sanchez scored a goal and I remember looking at so many out-of-focus pictures in the darkroom later and barely finding one celebration picture to put on the wire.
I was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It was very intense: I was not in control and was nearly killed several times. Two colleague friends were killed and one was severely injured. But I have no regrets as I learned many things I did not know before.
Pure news stories are a very exciting challenge, situations where you must use your instinct and improvise, think out of the box to take decisions.
What drives me is the ability to show what I am seeing to a global audience in the fastest and most photogenic way possible.
I have gradually learned to be a fly on the wall. I have grown more patient.
Not a day passes that I don't shoot a picture. Cameras are always near me, they are part of my life 24/7.
A good single image remains in time, stands alone and is strong in itself forever.
I think the tools we use to produce and transmit pictures will change a lot, but the picture remains the same.
News photography is a way of life, it is showing what happens in the straightest, clearest and most honest way possible, for a global audience that will see and understand through those pictures.