Júlio de Matos Photography

Journey


SHORT BIO...


Júlio de Matos, Braga, Portugal, became interested in photography and black and white darkroom work at an early age, receiving various commissions for portrait work.

In 1974, he trained in Industrial Design with Gerald Gulotta, of the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA, attending the Industrial Design Workshop 74. In 1976, he completed the Higher Education Architecture Course at ESBAP – the Porto’s School of Fine Arts.

From 1979 until 1981, he improved his knowledge of photography thanks to the ITT - International Fellowship awarded to him through the Fullbright-Hays Scholarship Program to support for a post-graduate MFA in Photography as a Fine Art at RIT - Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA.

Part of his initial work deals with and explores interconnections, between manuality, photographic techniques and the alternative photographic processes.

He carried out photographic projects which resulted from his multiple trips to Asia, are an evidence for his concern with the survival and extinction of ancestral cultures: “Ta Prohm – The Memory of the World” (Cambodia, 2001), “Heavenʼs Door – Manikarnika Ghat” (India, 2003), “Fading Hutongs” (China, 2005-2008). “Casas de Brasileiro” (Portugal, 2008), reveal this same state of mind.

Later, the photo series “Flat Water”, carried out in the North of Portugal, deals with digital interventions as a way to question the apparent three-dimensionality of Landscape on a photographic print.

His 2012 photo series “Travel Journal - A Journey to Santa Fe”, (New Mexico. USA, 2012) made on a personal trip to New Mexico, explores the relationship between text/image, the narrative metaphor. In 2016 he pursues the same concept with the project "Crónicas de Ronci".

Recently he returned to teaching, offering some workshops, writing on the subject of photography, working on new projects.



SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS


EAST TRILOGY – SIGHT JOURNEYS MEMORIES

Heaven's Door | Manikarnika Ghat; Fading Hutongs; Ta Prohm | The Memory of the World

- Museum of the Oriente, Lisboa, Portugal


JOURNEY | JÚLIO DE MATOS PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

- Beijing Showgood Art Museum, Beijing, China


TRAVEL JOURNAL – A JOURNEY TO SANTA FE

- Serpente Gallery, Miguel Bombarda Art District, Porto, Portugal


FLAT WATER

- Serpente Gallery, Miguel Bombarda Art District, Porto, Portugal

- XV Cerveira Biennial Art Festival, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal


FADING HUTONGS

- Through This Lens Gallery, Durhan, NC, USA

- Wolk Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

- CPF/MC, Portuguese Photography Center, Porto, Portugal

- Vila Flor Cultural Center, Guimarães, Portugal


CASAS DE BRASILEIRO

- National Museum, Complexo Cultural da República, Brasília, Brasil

- National Historical Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

- MAB, Bahia Art Museum, Salvador, Brasil

- CPF/MC, Portuguese Photography Center, Porto, Portugal

- Santa Clara-a-Velha Museum, Coimbra, Portugal

- Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Museum, Castelo Branco, Portugal


TA PROHM | THE MEMORY OF THE WORLD

- San Payo Convent, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal


NORTH OF PORTUGAL | CONTEMPORARY VISIONS

- Douro Museum, Régua, Portugal

- Sala Municipal de Exposiciones de Tui, Spain

- D.Afonso Henriques Foundation, Zamora, Spain

- Serralves Foundation Library, Porto, Portugal

- Faculdade de Comunicacion, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


TIME'S NOSTALGIAS

- Freixo’s Palace, Porto, Portugal

- Botanical Gardens, Porto, Portugal


HEAVEN'S DOOR | MANIKARNIKA GHAT

- CPF/MC, Portuguese Photography Center, Porto, Portugal

- Museum of the Image (CMB), Braga, Portugal

- Fonte de Letras Bookstore, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

- Master José Rodrigues Cultural Centre, Alfândega da Fé, Portugal



SOME BOOKS...

- Journey - Júlio de Matos Photographic Exhibition;

- Casas de Brasileiro, Júlio de Matos;

- Flat Water, Júlio de Matos;

- Fading Hutongs, Júlio de Matos

- Heaven's Door | Manikarnika Ghat, Júlio de Matos;

- (in) Portuguese Art History: Photography in Portugal;



COLLECTIONS (In which Júlio de Matos is represented)

- Musée de la Photographie, Wallonie-Bruxelles, Bélgica;

- Museum of Contemporary Art at Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal;

- National Photography Collection CPF/MC, Porto, Portugal;

- Museu do Oriente, Lisboa, Portugal;

- PLMJ Collection, Lisbon, Portugal;

- Lishui Museum of Photography – Zheijang, China;

- Museu da Imagem, Braga, Portugal;

- MIT Museum, MA, USA;

- Museu Histórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil;

- Museu Nacional, Complexo Cultural da Républica, Brasília, Brasil;

- Museu de Arte da Bahia, Salvador, Brasil;

- Macau’s Scientific and Cultural Centre, Lisbon, Portugal;

- EPSON, Madrid, Spain;

- BPI - Portuguese Investment Bank, Portugal;

- IEFP - Institute of Employment and Professional Training, Portugal;

- RIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA;

- Sonae Collection, Porto, Portugal;



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EPSON support since 2003

Digigraph Artist since December 2007

Represented by Galeria Serpente in Porto, Portugal

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Image from the project Travel Journal, A Journey to Santa Fe; Photo: © Júlio de Matos, 2012


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