José Sarmento Matos, born in 1988, is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London. JSM focuses his work on medium/long term projects and has published his work in media outlets such as The New...
This is an essay made in March through April, 2016 in the Philippines called “Manila Before Duterte” as it was made just before Rodrigo Duterte became president in June of that year. Since he was elected, and after the Philippine Drug War started, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands, the social landscape of this city has changed significantly.
This photo essay was featured in The New Yorker Photo. For a week in May 2018 I took over New Yorker´s photography instagram with this essay.