Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)


Portugal, with its rich tapestry of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, has long been a muse for artists and photographers alike. Over the years, a select group of talented individuals has left an indelible mark on the world of photography by using their lenses to celebrate the beauty and essence of this captivating country. In this next lines, we delve into the works of seven remarkable photographers who, through their skill and creativity, have not only captured the splendor of Portugal but have also etched their names in the annals of photographic history. Join us as we embark on a visual journey, exploring the Portugal they saw through their unique perspectives, and the timeless images that continue to inspire and amaze.

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)

©ArturPastor, Old Porto


Mariana Relvas, often overshadowed by her husband Carlos Relvas' prominent role in the world of Portuguese photography, played a crucial and supportive role in his life and photographic endeavors. As the spouse of Carlos Relvas, a pioneering figure in late 19th and early 20th-century photography, Mariana provided essential support and companionship. Her unwavering encouragement and partnership were instrumental in the success of their collaborative projects, which encompassed portrait studios, landscapes, and documentary photography.

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)
©CarlosRelvas, Portrait of the couple Carlos Relvas and Mariana Relvas

Mariana's influence extended beyond the personal sphere, as her active involvement in their photographic work demonstrated the significance of a strong partnership in the field. Together, they left behind a remarkable legacy that continues to be celebrated for its historical and artistic contributions, underscoring the importance of Mariana Relvas in the rich tapestry of Portuguese photography history.


Adelino Lyon de Castro, a prominent figure in Portuguese history, made significant contributions to the fields of law, politics, and journalism during the 20th century. As a renowned lawyer, he earned a reputation for his legal acumen and played a pivotal role in shaping legal discourse in Portugal. Lyon de Castro's dedication to legal principles and ethics was unwavering, and his influence extended to the political arena.

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)

In addition to his legal career, he ventured into various political activities and movements, advocating for democratic ideals and civil liberties. His journalistic pursuits further showcased his commitment to the public discourse, and he used his writing to address important social and political issues. Adelino Lyon de Castro's multifaceted contributions to Portugal's legal, political, and journalistic landscape left a lasting imprint on the nation's history, making him a notable and respected figure in his time.


António Paixão, a seasoned professional photographer, embarked on his photographic journey around 1932. His career started as a printing technician at Filmarte in Lisbon, a prestigious photographic laboratory that thrived during the 1950s and 1960s, much like the renowned Armazéns do Chiado. These locales served as pivotal hubs for both professional and amateur photographers of those decades. His affiliation with these photographic institutions deepened over the years, eventually leading to his membership in 1983.

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)His work as a printer was characterized by an unparalleled dedication to quality and technical precision. He earned acclaim as the chosen printer for luminaries such as Gérard Castello-Lopes and Sena da Silva, a testament to his exceptional craftsmanship. In the vibrant photographic landscape of 1950s Portugal, he emerged as a prominent figure, celebrated not only for his professional excellence but also for his artistic endeavors. His active involvement in the Foto-Clube 6x6 in Lisbon and the Group Câmara de Coimbra further solidified his position in the photographic community. His influence extended to the international stage, where he participated in and served as a jury member for numerous national and international exhibitions, securing several prestigious awards along the way.


Fernando Taborda is a prominent and multifaceted figure in the realm of Portuguese culture and arts. As an accomplished writer, playwright, and journalist, his works have left an indelible mark on the literary and theatrical landscape of Portugal. Taborda's writing style is characterized by its depth and thought-provoking nature, tackling a range of themes that resonate with both Portuguese and international audiences. His contributions to literature and the performing arts have garnered critical acclaim, and his works continue to be celebrated for their intellectual richness and profound insights.

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)
Beyond his creative projects, Fernando Taborda has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social justice and human rights. He stands as a passionate advocate for these causes, using his platform to address pressing social and political issues through his writings and activism. His dedication to making a positive impact on society has cemented his reputation as not only a talented artist but also a socially conscious and influential voice in Portuguese culture. Fernando Taborda's contributions extend far beyond the realm of artistic expression, embodying the role of a socially engaged intellectual who seeks to inspire change and provoke meaningful conversations in the public sphere.


Georges Dambier was a celebrated French fashion photographer known for his significant contributions to the world of fashion photography during the mid-20th century. Born on December 3, 1925, in Lyon, France, Dambier's career began to flourish in the 1950s when he became associated with the influential Parisian fashion magazine "Elle." His work in "Elle" and other leading fashion publications of the time helped define the visual language of fashion photography during the post-war era.

Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)
Dambier's photography was characterized by its fresh and lively style, capturing the spirit of youth and the optimism of the post-war period. His images often featured vibrant colors, spontaneous moments, and a sense of natural beauty that was revolutionary for fashion photography in that era. Dambier played a crucial role in moving away from the posed, studio-bound images of the past and embraced a more candid and naturalistic approach to fashion photography. His work became emblematic of the "New Look" of the 1950s and contributed to a shift in the industry towards a more relaxed and accessible style of fashion photography. Georges Dambier's impact on the fashion photography world continues to be celebrated, and his work remains influential and inspirational for contemporary photographers and fashion enthusiasts. He passed away on May 12, 2011, but his legacy endures as a pioneering figure in the history of fashion photography.


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Portugal in Focus: Through the Lens of 5 Visionary Photographers (Before the 7Os)
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Cover image from Artur Pastor, in old Porto.

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