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José Sarmento Matos

Documentary Photographer


José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London and a Leica Ambassador.

In December 2014 José completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, where he lectures on the BA and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses. He 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 his diary photography - documenting what's around his day-to-day life.

Jose is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He has also published his personal projects in outlets world wide including Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED, The New Yorker. The New York Times and Suddeutsche Zeitung. Other clients includes, A+E Networks, HISTORY channel, Huck Magazine, Expresso, Jornal Publico, Noticias Magazine, Microsoft, Victionary, and Leica.

In 2015 the 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. This project was also exhibited in several galleries in Portugal from November 2015 until late 2016.

José's work has been exhibited in galleries and other venues in cities including London, Oslo, Berlin, Birmingham, Stavanger and Paris. He was 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.


All images © José Sarmento Matos. Used here with permission.

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