Editions 2009, 2017


Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1955.  Lives and works between Lisbon and Paris.
From 1975-1978 he was based in London. He trained at the London College of Printing and began a long series of journeys in Europe, the USA and Asia.
He held his first show in Arles in 1986, at the Atelier des Forges. He lived in Paris in the '90s. He won a Villa Médicis grant (Hors-les-Murs category) in  1994-1995 and in 1996 published Penumbra (Scalo), spanning 12 years of travel in the Arab world; pictures from the book were shown in 1996 at the FNAC Montparnasse store and at the CCB venue in Lisbon. He received the Grand Prix de la Photographie from the Municipality of Vevey, Switzerland, in 1995 for “Solo”, a solitary survey of Europe, from Auschwitz to Sarajevo; this exhibition also won the Oskar Barnack Award in Arles en 1998. In 1999, he worked in Paris with Robert Frank on the film San Yu, then headed for Macao, where he conceived “FIM”, an exhibition (and associated book) staged at the Culturgest, Lisbon. In 2002, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, he exhibited a collection of images entitled “Nada”. He received a major anthological exhibition in Porto at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Serralves, in 2005; and in the same year his book Far Cry (Steidl) received the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis in Stuttgart. He was awarded Portugal's National Photography Prize in 2006 for the whole of his œuvre. Bone lonely (2009, Steidl) is his most recent book.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture