Júlio de Matos Photography

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I dedicate this page to those who offered their personal reactions and feedback to my work.
I deeply appreciate your generosity.

Júlio de Matos




MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA - FILM DIRECTOR
"(...) extraordinary photographer (...)" - February, 2008

CHARLES ARNOLD JR. - ELECTRO-PHOTOGRAPHER, RIT PROFESSOR EMERITUS
"You are one of students that I remember as talented skilled with a unique designing ability!" - May, 2009

PAUL GIGUERE - PHOTOGRAPHER, PODCASTER
"I find exploring Julio’s work like peeling an onion with many layers, each one more revealing." - June, 2009



MANIKARNIKA GAHT - HEAVEN'S DOOR (2003)

JOSÉ SARAMAGO - WRITER, NOBEL PRIZE
"(...) an extraordinary photograph album (...)"
"Images of India galore but these are new because the impression they arouse in the viewer is new."

Dr. RICHARD D. ZAKIA - AUTHOR, PERCEPTION AND IMAGING - PHOTOGRAPHY, A WAY OF SEEING.
"(...) They remind me of the life we all share and the simplicity with which we should live it. Also, by contrast, they remind me of the cosmetic superficiality that has engulfed our western society. Your photographs have a universal appeal and identity. That you were able to capture such honest and engaging photos is a testimony to who you are, to the trust you earned and to your keen photographic vision, a vision that comes from within. The design of your book is outstanding and it invites one to spend time with each photograph in the quiet comfort of the generous white space surround. I found your interview most interesting and it helped me better understand and appreciate your photographs and the journey you have been on."

MÁRIO CLÁUDIO - WRITER
"Your work is a code of faith, a kind of declaration of hostilities. I mean to say that you assert your belief in the innermost of the Indias, while rejecting any suspicion of quaintness"
"This album comes across as so serene, so exasperated, that it invents not only a photographic ideology, but a whole purpose in seeing."

JOHN PFAHL - PHOTOGRAPHER
"(...) It is beautifully photographed and beautifully printed."

BEA NETTLES - PHOTO ARTIST
"(...)Beautiful book...what a lovely job of printing! Very impressive"

VASCO GRAÇA MOURA - POET
"(...) an impressive human course which he documents with the quality of his pictures. (...)"

MALA MUKERJEE - PHOTOGRAPHER
"Varanasi is, of course, much photographed. I have seen many books on this timeless place but I have not seen anything like yours before. Photographers generally get lost in the many attractions of the city but your treatment is quite unique in its focus and boldness. The works capture the mood of your topic superbly. Death, after all, trancends cultural barriers and I am quite certain that your book will touch many at heart and move them as much as it moved mine."

JOSÉ AFONSO FURTADO - PHOTOGRAPHER, FCG ART LIBRARY DIRECTOR
"...a remarkable work..."

CARLOS FRANÇA - ART CRITIC
"You, as a photographer and I, as a viewer, are governed by the dominant codes of Western visual culture, but it is precisely that which makes your exhibition powerful. No single picture imposes anything on us nor does it claim to interpret anything, it “incarnates / en-karmates” the wish to gaze. (...)"

GERALD GULOTTA - INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, DESIGN EDUCATOR AT PRATT INSTITUTE
"The photographs are superb and capture real life and real feelings with love and understanding... as can only be done in black and white. This book is an acheivement and a thesis crowning your career..."

CHARLES ARNOLD JR. - ELECTRO PHOTOGRAPHER, RIT PROFESSOR EMERITUS
"(...) very powerful beautiful book (...)"
"(...) I find the photographs very moving, the book is elegant in sequence — in magnificant reproduction and design."



FADING HUTONGS (2008)

JOHN PFAHL - PHOTOGRAPHER
"(...) Your book is just extraordinary!!! (…) it makes me appreciate and mourn for all the wonderful old neighborhoods that are being lost (…). I love the way that you use hand-coloring in an almost subliminal whisper - to give the photographs a elegiac quality. The beautiful design and excellent printing enhance the total effect."

Dr. RICHARD D. ZAKIA - AUTHOR, PERCEPTION AND IMAGING - PHOTOGRAPHY, A WAY OF SEEING.
"(...) I like everything about the book; photographs, design, production,commentary. It is truly a pleasure to hold and experience The Hutongs are fading into oblivion but your photographs have captured their essence and will live on in the attractively designed and impressive book of your revealing photographs. Many thanks for your kindness in sending me a copy and your personal note. Your photos of the architecture, streets, houses and people speak well of a treasure in transition, a treasure in the process of being lost forever except for your personal commitment and memorable photographs."

YUNG HO CHANG - PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE AND HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, MIT, MA, USA
“Did you capture the ambience of the past that is inaccessible to you only by chance? Perhaps, I am wrong and you were here before. I could have tried to search for you on the internet but decided not to. I would rather believe in a kind of artistic and cultural sensivity that is universal, which you must possess and manifest beautifully in your work. Then, it does not matter how much you know. Nor if you remember. Possibly, when you documentedthe hutongs in Beijing, you saw the neighborhood you were raised in through the camera lensand the strange was instantaneously translated into the familiar. Or, you simply observe the changing world with a profound love for humanity.”

GERALD GULOTTA - INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, DESIGN EDUCATOR AT PRATT INSTITUTE
"The book is beautifully composed, and the photographs are extraordinary. I was intrigued by your subtle use of color, but as I remember now, there was very little color to be seen particularly in the poor areas which was most of China. My first trip to China was in 1982. There was an occasion when we, for some reason, drove through a Hutong neighborhood briefly, ..."
"You have done China a great service by preserving what is left through photography."

CHARLES ARNOLD JR. - ELECTRO-PHOTOGRAPHER, RIT PROFESSOR EMERITUS
"Fading Hutongs is first — a beautiful book! It is — a sensitive heartful document about a painful change of the lives of people. It is a collection of very elegant photographs. The design and reproduction is excellent."

HOWARD LEVANT - RIT PROFESSOR EMERITUS
"I am very moved by what you have done. Photographically I knew that it would be excellent, but the emotions you captured are remarkable."
" (..) I felt like I was there with you.. and we were both invisible, allowing an intimate look into a vanishing way of life. But I didn't feel sadness. The Hutongs have been engraved into the very psyche of the people.. they will never really disappear. Plus your sensitive capture of the essence of the place will introduce it to outsiders forever. Thank you for this journey into another place and time."



CASAS DE BRASILEIRO (2008)

JOHN PFAHL - PHOTOGRAPHER
"(...) your book (…) is extraordinary in every way. I have never seen such architecture before- it truly must be a fantasy. Your special way of coloring has gotten even richer since the hutongs and really enhances the magical atmosphere. The printing is so good that it really makes you feel tactically the three dimensional space. I can't imagine that the original prints can be much better. I think your have achieved the perfect synthesis of photography and architecture."

BEA NETTLES - PHOTO ARTIST
"(...)beautiful book! I love the way the images are slightly tinted.”

Dr. RICHARD D. ZAKIA - AUTHOR, PERCEPTION AND IMAGING - PHOTOGRAPHY, A WAY OF SEEING.
"(...) Your new book is truly a treasure in its photographs, design and printing. A wonderful example of the beauty of architecture, photography and book design. Your choice of the photograph for the cover is embracing, inviting the reader to enter. Dr. Rudolf Arnheim pointed out that concave shapes pull in --invite one in, while convex shapes push out. One only has to think of the sails on a sailboat that embrace the wind and push out, moving the boat forward. Although you question the ability of a photograph to convey the on-site experience of the architectural structure, your photographs come as close as possible in conveying the experience. Size, tonality, lighting, vantage point and the like bring the viewer close to the reality. Your photographs are more than documentary--much more. Congratulation on another memorable book."

VASCO GRAÇA MOURA - POET
"The images restore a very special dramatism (often almost expressionist) to the "casas de Brasileiro" and they are spectacular! It is a truly remarkable piece of work."

GERALD GULOTTA - INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, DESIGN EDUCATOR AT PRATT INSTITUTE
"There are so many beautiful houses in Portugal, but the provenance of these houses must give them the special quality which only the experts can identify. But those who are not experts will feel the special sense that these houses communicate."


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