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Fotografia: JMPhoto

Fotografia histórica

O Observador publica hoje uma galeria de 62 fotografias históricas ou que, pelo menos, fazem parte da nossa história contemporanea.

São sessenta imagens históricas, mas pouco conhecidas. Algumas destas fotografias simbolizam conquistas do Homem, a evolução científica e os valores humanos. Outras retratam momentos de grandes guerras, as consequências dos conflitos e a morte.

O Observador destacou algumas destas imagens icónicas eternizadas entre 1886 e 1993. Algumas são mais conhecidas, outras passaram mais despercebidas do público por serem ofuscadas por outras mais famosas. Pode encontrar outras dezenas de fotografias históricas em Rare Historical Photos. Por enquanto, conheça estas e descubra as histórias que contam.

Alerta: algumas destas fotos são chocantes e podem ser desaconselháveis a pessoas mais sensíveis

Editado por Filomena Martins

A não perder. Para ver na totalidade aqui

Exposição de Fotografia

Minhas Amigas, Meus Amigos,

Ao longo dos últimos meses, seleccionei e preparei um conjunto de retratos de rua que fui fazendo ao longo dos anos e das viagens. Esse trabalho resultou num projecto de exposição, a que chamei “Olhar Outros Olhares” e que agora, graças a várias boas-vontades, vou conseguir mostrar.

As datas próximas da Exposição são as seguintes:

3 a 30 de Junho – Centro de Artes e Espectáculos (CAE) – Figueira da Foz

11 a 26 de Julho – Museu do Ciclismo – Caldas da Rainha

Deixo-vos, abaixo, o Programa da Exposição.

Caso tenham oportunidade e disponibilidade, seria para um privilégio e um prazer contar com a vossa visita.

Muito obrigado a todos.

Um abraço do




Mary Ellen Mark, R.I.P.


“Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”

Partiu Mary Ellen Mark, (1940-2015), um dos nomes maiores da fotografia contemporânea. Uma referência fundamental da fotografia documental dos últimos 50 anos.

Fotógrafa de causas, temerária, determinada e independente,  Mary Ellen Mark tudo fez e tudo fez muito bem.

Lendárias as suas reportagens sobre os bordéis de Bombaim e sobre os Circos itinerantes da Índia, mas também os retratos espantosos, intimistas, que conseguia, desde actores e realizadores (a sua declarada paixão pelo cinema) até aos retratos de rua e à fantástica série sobre Madre Teresa de Calcutá.

Percorreu, com enorme competência os caminhos da fotografia comercial e publicitária, assinando campanhas para grandes marcas internacionais.

Viajante incansável, abriu caminhos novos à fotografia documental mas considerou-se, sempre e acima de tudo, uma “street photographer”.

Por razões que explica no texto abaixo, considerava esta a sua melhor fotografia


“This was taken in India, at a circus in Ahmedabad. I think it was called the Great Golden Circus. I’m a street photographer, but I’m interested in any ironic, whimsical images, and there’s something very romantic about a circus. I was doing a book; I spent six months travelling, saw 18 different circuses, and it was just a wonderful time. Believe me, there couldn’t be a more strange place for a circus than India.

I made an appointment to photograph Ram Prakash Singh and the elephant he trained, called Shyama. Singh had a very big ego – he was also the ringmaster, the No 1 guy – which explains the expression on his face. He actually thought the picture was all about him. I always leave it up to my subject to see what they come up with, and he wrapped the elephant’s trunk around his neck. I thought it was great and shot a couple of rolls. But when I looked at the pictures afterwards, I noticed that in one shot Shyama had slid his eyes to the side, so he had a bit of an evil look on his face. That was definitely the one to use.

I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it.

The picture has a very anthropo-morphic quality. That’s why I like this so much: I think Shyama’s communicating with me in a way. He had to stay in that position for a while. He’d had enough of the shoot. A year later, we learned that Shyama had died after eating a poisoned chapati.”










MARY ELLEN MARK has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film STREETWISE, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.

Mary Ellen recently received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House as well as the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation. She has also received the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant for her book and exhibition project on AMERICA. Among her other awards are the Cornell Capa Award from the International Center of Photography, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University.

She has published eighteen books including Passport (Lustrum Press, 1974), Ward 81 (Simon & Schuster, 1979), Falkland Road (Knopf, 1981), Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity in Calcutta (Friends of Photography, 1985), The Photo Essay: Photographers at work (A Smithsonian series), Streetwise (second printing, Aperture, 1992), Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years (Bulfinch, 1991), Indian Circus,(Chronicle, 1993 and Takarajimasha Inc., 1993), Portraits (Motta Fotografica, 1995 and Smithsonian, 1997), a Cry for Help (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Mary Ellen Mark 55 (Phaidon, 2001), Photo Poche: Mary Ellen Mark (Nathan, 2002), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (Phaidon, 2005), Extraordinary Child (The National Museum of Iceland, 2007), Seen Behind the Scene (Phaidon, 2009), Prom (Getty, 2012) and Man and Beast (University of Texas Press, 2014.) Mark’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide.

She also acted as the associate producer of the major motion picture, AMERICAN HEART (1992), directed by, Martin Bell.

Her book, Exposure, is a large retrospective book published by Phaidon Press. It showcases 134 of Mary Ellen’s best images, including both iconic and previously unpublished images.

Her most recent book Man and Beast features photographs from Mexico and India.

Aside from her book and magazine work, Mark has photographed advertising campaigns among which are Barnes and Noble, British Levis, Coach Bags, Eileen Fisher, Hasselblad, Heineken, Keds, Mass Mutual, Nissan, and Patek Philippe.

Rush hour


Rush Hour

by Elaine Terranova

Odd, the baby’s scabbed face peeking over
the woman’s shoulder. The little girl
at her side with her arm in a cast,
wearin a plain taffeta party dress.

The little girl has not once moved
to touch her or to be touched.
Even on the train, she never turns ans says,
‘Mommy.’ Sunlight bobs over her blond head
inclining toward the window. The baby
is excited now. ‘Loo, loo, loo, loo,’
he calls, a wet cresendo. ‘He’s pulling
my hair,’ the little girl at last cries out.

A kind man comes up the aisle to see
the baby. He stares at those rosettes of blood
and wants to know what’s wrong with him.
The woman says a dog bit him. ‘It must have been
a big dog, then.’ ‘Oh, no. A neighbor’s little dog.’
The man say’s, ‘I hope they put that dog to sleep.’
The woman is nearly pleading. ‘It was an accident. He didn’t
mean to do it.’ The conductor, taking tickets,

ask the little girl how she broke her arm.
But the child looks out to the big, shaded houses.
The woman says, ‘She doesn’t like to talk
about that.’ No one has see what is behind
her own dark glasses. She pulls the children to her.
Maybe she is thinking of the arm raised over them,
Its motion would begin like a blessing

Yasuyoshi Chiba




Yasuyoschi Chiba é um fotógrafo japonês, radicado há alguns anos no Brasil (aliás, foi recentemente notícia por ter sido atingido por uma carga policial que dispersou uma manifestação no Rio que protestava contra os gastos públicos incorridos com a visita do Papa ao Brasil), como correspondente da Agence France-Press.

Contudo, o trabalho de reportagem e foto-jornalismo de Chiba vai muito além da realidade brasileira, o que, só por si, já seria suficiente para o consagrar como uma grande fotógrafo.

Em 2009, a World Press Photo pelo trabalho sobre o caótico período pós-eleitoral no Kenia. Voltou a distingui-lo em 2012 por esta reportagem sobre os efeitos do tsunami que, em 2011, devastou a costa do Japão.

Ora vejam.



Yasuyoshi Chiba is a Japanese photographer. After studying photography and holography at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, he joined Asahi Shimbun as a staff photographer. He became a freelancer in 2007 and moved to Kenya. In 2011, he moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil and started working as a staff photographer for Agence France-Presse. His photographs from the post-presidential election chaos in Kenya won several awards, including a prize in the 2009 World Press Photo Contest.



Hulene, Maputo


Deixo-vos hoje com uma série de imagens que fiz, há uns (poucos) anos atrás em Moçambique.

Em concreto, na lixeira municipal, no Bairro de Hulene, em Maputo. É uma área gigantesca, a perder de vista e a céu aberto. É, tambem, o triste modo de vida de centenas de pessoas, homens, mulheres, velhos, muitas crianças. É ali que moram, é ali que cavam e catam o sustento.

Não serão precisas mais palavras.

A série completa está no meu site, na página “Esquinas da Vida”.









Fotografia: Rajastão – João Martins Pereira



Mesquita Jama Masjid
New Delhi

Fotografia: João Martins Pereira

Brian Skerry



Brian Skerry mostra-nos um mundo maravilhoso que descobre debaixo de água. Com créditos reconhecidos internacionalmente, o seu talento dispensa apresentações ou enquadramentos.

Aqui fica a arte de um grande fotógrafo. Bem vindos ao mundo do silêncio.

First Encounter


Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories.

An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance. His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants.

Unique within the field of underwater photography is Brian’s ability to pursue subjects of great diversity. His year round assignment schedule frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath polar ice.

While on assignment he has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and traveled in everything from snowmobiles to canoes to the Goodyear Blimp to get the picture. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the last thirty years.