José Sarmento Matos

Sea Change - Portugal
Location: Lisbon
Nationality: Portuguese
Biography:          Born in Sintra (Portugal) in 1988, José Sarmento Matos, is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London and a Leica Ambassador. In December 2014 he completed an MA in Photojournalism and... read on
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Sea Change - Portugal
Credits: jose sarmento matos
Updated: 11/11/17
Location: Portugal
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Project Sea Change 2014

Project Sea Change is a documentary collective project about the European youth and its future. 13 photographers (including names such as Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Pep Bonet, Benedicte Kurzen, Donald Webber) were part of this project published as a book in 2015. Each photographer documented a country. I was assigned to cover Portugal and my own generation.

My aim for Sea Change was to document Portugal’s future by capturing sentiments of its youth. My question was “What is my generation’s perspective on the present and their future?” 

The resulting body of work illustrates several aspects of Portuguese youth in order to understand and represent how the ongoing financial and social depression is challenging lives. I also sought to document a range of ordinary, traditional and innovative experiences of this generation in Portugal.


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