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1996, Lisbon, Portugal. I haven't seen these pictures from Lisbon for a while. I kept them in a box with the film and the contact sheets together in an envelope. Forgotten, like other slides and negatives. One image on the contact sheet attracts my attention. A good reason to revive the pictures by finally scanning the film and put some of the pictures in sequence to bring them some honour. The originals are colour but I convert them in black and white for now. I start with an image I'm most curious about. It is a man wearing a crimson red suit standing on a corner of the street. And I remember, his hypnotic intense stare, freezing me for a moment. I made a picture. He has the looks of a man who knows more. Possibly he could see the unseen. Perhaps he knew already what would be recorded on the rest of my film. And maybe he could see the old woman sitting on a crate, waiting for the tram to Martim Moniz, while a man making a wide leg sweep and a bend to drink water from a fountain and another man stops walking to eat his nectarine to avoid messing on his shirt. Reading pictures is an exercise in imagination. He suddenly walked away. A woman in a spotless white dress comes rushing from the distance. I made a second picture, and everything in between.

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About the Author

Peter Oey
ursusminor Utrecht, Netherlands

Wandering the streets, elevating the timeless and natural beauty of ordinary everyday subjects.

Publish Date  June 07, 2014

Dimensions  Trade  90 pgs Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper)

Category  Fine Art Photography

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schphrst

schphrst says

Lisbao is an extraordinary photo book with fascinating (street) photo’s of Lisbon half-way the nineties of the last century.

Carefully compiled in a varied and balanced way. In unpolished grainy, basic black & white. I'm glad I bought this book and recommend it to anyone who wants something special.

posted at 10:11am Jun 07 PST

carlosmanuel

carlosmanuel says

Well done, felicidades

posted at 06:15am Jun 07 PST

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