Born in Sintra (Portugal) in 1988, José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in between Lisbon and London. In December 2014 he completed a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, University of Arts London.
Among other projects, José is currently working on a photo documentary about the lives of call center workers in several countries around the world. One of the first chapters focuses on the Philippines, the world “capital” of this industry, and was recently published in Newsweek Europe magazine. The New York Times published in November 2016 the two first chapters together India and the Philippines in NYT Lens Blog and in NYT American paper edition.
JSM is interested in covering stories about the current social uncertainty in Europe and other parts of the world. As well as analysing relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people’s personal stories, he also focuses his work on street photography, documenting his day-to-day life.
In 2015 José was named one of the winners of “30 under 30” Magnum award for ‘Young Documentary Photographers’ with his project ‘Turning The Page’. Developed in Portugal, the project focuses on the change in individuals who have been traumatised as a result of violent crimes.
José´s work has been exhibited in cities such as London, Oslo, Berlin, Lisbon, Porto, and Paris, and he’s a member of Project Sea Change; a documentary collective about today’s young Europeans and how they are dealing with the social and financial crisis in Europe. The Sea Change photo book was published in January 2015.
Since October 2016 José became a Leica Akademie Ambassadors. Representing Leica UK. Together they are doing workshops in UK and aroud Europe. JSM has also been a guest lecturer for LCC, University of Arts London, for BA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, since late 2015.
Viena, Oslo, Berlin, London, Lisbon, Porto, Birmingham, Paris.
Project Sea Change - http://www.ypdbooks.com/photography/1259-sea-change-a-photo-documentary-about-young-europeans-YPD01475.html
Magnum 30 under 30 - http://www.bjp-online.com/2015/02/magnum-30-under-30-winners-announced/