Ueslei Marcelino

Ueslei Marcelino

Based
Brasilia, Brazil
Born
Brasilia, Brazil
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark III
“My biggest lesson has been understanding that we can always improve our photos. The pursuit of excellence is part of a photojournalist’s profession.”

Beat

I cover stories about the Brazilian presidency, politics, economics, demonstrations and cultural traditions.

One Shot

. Xingu National Park, Brazil. Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino
Yawalapiti youth chief Anuia leads a dance in the Xingu National Park, in Brazil.
“I really like this photo of a dance by the Yawalapiti indigenous tribe. I managed to capture an angle from which the arms of all the men seem to be the arms of the man at the front. I think it was important for me to represent the strength of this people at a decisive moment for the survival of indigenous culture in my country.”

Profile

My earliest memories of photography were when my brother and I used to climb up the huge rolls of newsprint ready to be used at the newspaper where my father worked, the same newsprint that would later emerge from the press with photos printed on it.

I learned photography by being stubborn. I resigned from the place I was working and bought a camera and a few rolls of film, and started to learn what the equipment was for and what it could do. Soon I got an internship at a local newspaper in Brasilia and that’s when I went into journalism.

The assignment about the indigenous Xingu peoples had an effect on me, firstly, because it was a culture different from mine, and secondly, because it revealed values to me that I never could have imagined in comparison to my own life and my relationships with other people and with nature.

I enjoy photographing people's daily lives and I search for quirky stories that are different from our own world. Also, despite not having covered a dangerous conflict, I confess that is a subject I’m curious about.

When shooting pictures, I think of people who don’t have much spare time in their lives, and I try to synthesise my images in order to convey an objective and coherent message.

My biggest lesson has been understanding that we can always improve our photos. The pursuit of excellence is part of a photojournalist’s profession.

Photography is the biggest thing in my life, and every day I learn something new, I’m more convinced that I know less about photography than I’d like to.

Behind the Scenes

. BRASILIA, Brazil. REUTERS/Franco Rithele
Reuters photographer Ueslei Marcelino takes pictures of members of the Kayapo indigenous community standing in a line during a ritual dance.