A book covering five decades of Alfredo Cunha’s photographic activity, which depicts April 25 and cultures from different parts of the world, will be published on October 7, in Lisbon, by Imprensa Nacional.
“Ph.09 Alfredo Cunha” is the title of the Ph.’s new book dedicated to contemporary Portuguese photographywho has already contemplated visual artists such as Helena Almeida, Jorge Molder, Paulo Nozolino, Fernando Lemos, José M. Rodrigues, Ernesto de Sousa, Jorge Guerra and Daniel Blaufuks.
The book also includes two different essays, one by sociologist António Barreto, titled “From Craft to Art”, and the other by art historian and curator David Santos, “From the index finger to the icon”, which deal with the work of the photographer. work.
The book’s narrative is constructed thematically in chapters such as conflict/war, religion, April 25 and decolonization, labor, society, travel, and portraits.
António Barreto specifies in his text that Alfredo Cunha “travelled all over the world, encountered all social and human conditions, was present at decisive moments, witnessed death, lived the struggle, photographed love, traversed all the works and followed the revolutions…”.
In the case of Alfredo Cunha, life is made up of images made, to be made, and others left behind. Some transcend the singularity of the auctorial decision and acquire a weight which is collective, identity”, declares, in turn, David Santos, in the unpublished essay published in the book.
Alfredo Cunha was born in 1953, in Celorico da Beira, and in 1970 he began his professional career in photography, collaborating, throughout his career, with newspapers such as O Século, Público, Jornal de Notícias, among others.
He was official photographer of the Presidents of the Republic Ramalho Eanes and Mário Soares, and received the Commendation of the Order of Infante D. Henrique.
He has published several photography books, including “Raízes da Nossa Força” (1972), “Naquele Tempo” (1995), “Cortina dos Dias” (2012), “Os Rapazes dos Tanques” (2014), “Portraits 1970 – 2018” (2018), “O Tempo das Mulheres” (2019) and “Leica Years” (2020).
Launched in 2017, the Ph. is a collection of bilingual monographs – in Portuguese and English – dedicated to contemporary Portuguese photography, which aims to publicize the work of different authors, with texts by specialists, depending on the expanded territories and multiples of photography.
“Ph.9 Alfredo Cunha” will be presented on October 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Biblioteca da Imprensa Nacional, in Lisbon, in the presence of the authors.