José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Lisbon and London. In December 2014 he completed a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, Univerisity of the Arts.
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.
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.
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 and The New York Times.
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