António Júlio Duarte

ANTÓNIO JÚLIO DUARTE (Lisbon, 1965) lives and works in Lisbon.

In his own words: “I photograph busy cities and distressed people, trapped animals and improbable things. They configure my map of the world. I am drawn to them, moved by sympathy and by the restlessness that I share with them. I make acquaintance with these unquiet beings in their trivial actions and daily moods, and I sense in them, and try to capture, this vital tension that is the universal craving for life and meaning.”

His work has been exhibited regularly, in Portugal and abroad, since 1990, participating with one of the most unique and consistent voices in the understanding of contemporary photography. The following solo shows can be highlighted: Guiné-Bissau 1990 (Lisboa, 2023), FEBRE (Contemporary Art Museum – Serralves Foundation, Porto, 2023), CRIATURA (O Armário, Lisboa, 2021), Eclipse (Galeria Bruno Múrias, Lisbon, 2020), White Noise (Quartel da Arte Contemporânea de Abrantes, Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection, Abrantes, 2017), América (Galeria Pedro Alfacinha,  Lisbon, 2017), Suspension of Disbelief (CAV, Coimbra, 2016), Mercúrio (Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, 2015) and Japão 1997 (Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, 2013).

He is the author of multiple books, among others: Guiné-Bissau 1990 (2023), Against the Day (2019), Japan Drug (2014), Deviation of the Sun (2013) and White Noise (2011), published by Pierre von Kleist Editions.

His work is part of important public and private collections such as: Portuguese Collection of Photography; Modern Art Centre of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Serralves Foundation Collection; Portuguese State Contemporary Art Collection (CACE); Photographic Archive of Lisbon Municipality; EGEAC-CML Collection; Portuguese Communication Foundation; Image Encounters / Image Museum; Photography Encounters of Coimbra / CAV; Orient Foundation and Museum; P.L.M.J. Foundation; Carmona e Costa Foundation; Fundació Foto Colectania; BES Art Collection; Mário Teixeira da Silva Collection; Photography Collection of Américo Marques; Lagos Cultural Centre; Amorim Turismo Tróia; Colección Madrid Foto; EDP Foundation Art Collection; Jorge Gaspar Collection; António Cachola Collection – MACE; Vila Flor Cultural Centre; MACAM – Armando Martins Museum of Contemporary Art; Rialto6 Collection and Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection – Quarter of Contemporary Art of Abrantes.