• 1949
  • Agfa paper
  • Photography
  • Inv. FP236/1

Fernando Lemos

Pôr do Sol [Sunset]

The power of this image lies in its graphic quality which, created by the oblique light, could have been captured at either sunset or daybreak. Indeed, in a more recent print of this same image for a 2004 retrospective of Fernando Lemos’ work in the Pinacoteca of S. Paulo, it received the title Pôr-do-Sol e Alvorada [Sunset and Daybreak]. The article ‘and’, instead of, for example, ‘or’, suggests a temporal simultaneity impossible in real time, but not in the time of the photographic image – subverting, however, its sense of a captured moment. This way, the title emphasises a temporal uncertainty associated with the ambiguity of its form, which opposes the image to one of its most important references: the order and legitimation of time. This uncertainty, as a strategy which deconstructs reality through observing it with a degree of surrealism, invites consideration of the specificity of processes of meaning and the active role of the observer.


This image by Fernando Lemos could well serve as an illustration of Delfim Sardo’s contention that: ‘Landscape is not, however, what exists in our field of vision, but the result of bringing our gaze to bear on what is in front of us, the area of visibility’,* emphasising the interpretation of landscape as a notion intimately associated to a cultural construction.



* Delfim Sardo, ‘Estudos de Paisagem Cultural – Notas a Propósito de Cimêncio’, in Diogo Lopes e Nuno Cera, Cimêncio, Lisbon: Fenda Edições, 2003, unpaged.






October 2011



TypeA definir
A l´Ombre de la Lumière - Photobienalle 2008
Casa da Fotografia de Moscovo do Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Moscovo
Curator: Casa da Fotografia de Moscovo do Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Moscovo
27 de Março de 2008 a 27 de Abril de 2008
Galeria Zurab do Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Moscovo
A Casa de Fotografia de Moscovo organizou, no âmbito da Photobiennale de 2008, uma exposição de Fernando Lemos, na Galeria Zurab no Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Moscovo. entre 27 de Março e 27 de Abril do ano de 2008.
Updated on 23 january 2015

Cookies settings

Cookies Selection

This website uses cookies to improve your browsing experience, security, and its website performance. We may also use cookies to share information on social media and to display messages and advertisements personalised to your interests, both on our website and in others.