Rui Camilo was born in Lisbon and grew up on his fathers farm in the Estrela Mountains in the north of Portugal. With six years he moved to Paco D’Arcos, on the Coast nearby Lisbon. Since the mid-seventies he is based in Wiesbaden / Germany where he still lives with his family.
After studying visual arts he spent several years as an Assistant in London and Germany and began his working life as a freelance photographer working both commercially and editorially. Mixing comercial photography with photo journalism Rui Camilo is at home in practically all areas of photography, wether in the studio or on location anywhere across the world. His work has been awarded and exhibitet in many countries.
In 2001 he founded the Stock-agency “Deepol” that merged 2010 with Plainpicture. Since many years he is suporting NGO`s like the Okeanos Foundation okeanos-foundation.org for whom he has traveled all over the world, Löwenmut ifb-loewenmut.de where he attended their work with disabled children in South Africa, and the Pacific Voyagers pacificvoyagers.org on their epic journeys across the Pacific.
In 2011 he was protagonist in the documentary “Over the islands of Afrika – Sao Tomé & Príncipe”, broadcasted at ARTE TV and produced by Filmquadrat filmquadrat-dok.de.