591 Exhibition: Alfredo Muñoz de Oliveira

There isn’t only one truth but a complexity of facts that make life stories. To tell these stories we will cover all facts, always with a sense of humanism where the excluded and forgotten ones, among others, are our main concern.

This is our concept as photojournalism and documentary photographers. We won’t change the world but our stories will show social-cultural realities allowing a better conscience and understanding about what happens around us.

We will write the people stories as if it was our own, filling our collective memory.
~Alfredo Muñoz de Oliveira

Cova da Moura is an African ghetto in Lisbon where important social and educational work is done by an Association called Moinho da Juventude. They try to integrate their own people despite the gangs and social problems in this neighbourhood.

Some photos of what Alfredo calls resistants against the huge commercial areas in the cities.

Portuguese people from inner Portugal
photos © Alfredo Muñoz de Oliveira

The art of storytelling is becoming a lost art in America. Thankfully, it is alive and well in Portugal. Some time ago I was fortunate enough to find the work of Alfredo Muñoz de Oliveira. His photographs tell the life stories of the people in Portugal and other locations in a very powerful and real way. As we search for meaning and purpose in life, seeing and understanding the stories of others can only help us discover patterns and ideals to guide us in our pursuit. I am very pleased to present on 591 a few photographs from some of his series. - Rhonda

The exhibition has ended

Alfredo Muñoz de Oliveira
Born: 1959
Lives in: Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Inspirations (photographers): Bruce Davidson, Gerard Castello Lopes, Sebastião Salgado, Paulo Nozolino, Bresson, Doisneau, James Natchey
Inspirations (other): fighters for freedom and human rights
Film, digital or both: both
Quote: Some people see things and say why? I dream things and say why not! (John F. Kennedy)
A favorite photographer: Bruce Davidson
Web site: www.photolifereporters.com/alfredomoliveira/


paulboo said…
This is a very pleasant surprise indeed! I see Alfredo is still making excellent documentary images, as strong and as honest as ever. Great to see the pictures here especially following mine, what a nice coincidence.
To me the numbers 7 and 19 have that so calleed 'something more' photographicly and estheticly spoken, also the light and the mood is very efficient in those two superb little stories. I really like these two silent images. Thanks for sharing.
Mr Urbano said…
Many thanks Alfredo for being with 591 and to Rhonda for hosting this exhibition. I admire your way of telling so much in just a single picture. Great work!
br said…
great work...! yes, "strong and honest" is a good description. thank you Alfredo and Rhonda!
Mikael said…
Very nice to see you here Alfredo and a great exhibit!
tatiana said…
Portugal, a place to go...this is the best advertising !
Thanks to all of you and to Rhonda that made this invitation.