José Sarmento Matos

José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London. In December 2014 he completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, and recently began lecturing on the BA and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses there.

José 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. He is also a contributor to The New York Times, and has also published his personal projects in outlets world wide including Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED and The New York Times.

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.

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