'Silence' explores contemporary urban emotions like loneliness and anonymity.
The book evolves in a constant dialogue between private and public situations.
José Pedro Cortes’s work in this book deals with the struggle of accessing human presence in the contemporary city – a silent and layered presence hidden behind the surface of things or people; that always seems distant to the viewer. These ideas of blockade and intimacy are played together in a book structure that borrows ideas from film or literature.
José Pedro Cortes (b. Porto, 1976)
Studied photography at Ar.Co (Lisbon) and, in 2004 completed a Master of Arts in Photography at Kent Institute of Art and Design (Rochester).
In 2005, after 3 years living in London, moved back to Lisbon and was part of Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme in Photography (Lisbon). On that same year had his first solo exhibitions in Centro Português de Fotografia and Silo, both in Porto, Portugal.
Was also selected for the Photo London - Emerging Artists Presentations and, in 2006, took part in the Getty Images curated exhibition New Photographers 2007.
In 2011 was invited for Körber-Stiftung's European Photo Exhibition Award on the theme of European Identites . This work was shown in four Museums in 2012: Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris, Fondazione Banca del Monte in Lucca, and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
In 2012 was invited to photograph in Toyama, Japan, as part of the European Eyes On Japan project. The project will be shown in Europe and in Japan and a book will be produced.
In 2006 published his first book 'Silence' and has been exhibiting regularly since then.
He is the founder and editor of Pierre von Kleist editions along with André Príncipe.
His work is represented by White Space Gallery (UK).
More about the author: www.josepedrocortes.com
Selected Press on SILENCE:
"Looking through this book, I keep thinking how out of time it feels, making it hard to place or date. This is to the book's credit, since it creates a semi-timeless, quiet, and universal feeling of urban existence. The layout of the book is exceptional, a bold and surprising mix of colors and themes." - Andrew C. Seitz in Soft Focus