Markos Fortes was born and raised in Rio. He served his apprenticeship with two os the city's most respected fashion photographers, before attending the School Of Visual Arts in New York.

In 2000 he returned to Brazil, to begin an independent career as a photographer specialising in fashion and commercial projects. Three years later he was able to open his own studio. His client base is diverse and well-established, principally made up of advertising agencies, style magazines and record lables.