• 1949
  • Agfa paper
  • Photography
  • Inv. FP257

Fernando Lemos

Rua do Sol ao Rato (A minha primeira fotografia) [Rua do Sol ao Rato (my first picture)]

According to the artist, this was the first photograph taken with his Flexaret – a cheap Czech medium format camera – from a window of his house in the Rua do Sol ao Rato, in Lisbon.


This image does not belong to the photographic realm of deliberate compositions and portraits which Lemos was to become known for. Here the artist is instead concerned with the specific nature of photography as a method of representing reality. He uses this to depict the city and the space in which he would encounter the Portuguese cultural elite and makes, at the same time, his first foray into the technique that would be his favoured means of expression until he left for Brazil in 1953.


Formally, it is a photograph of an urban landscape which could be simply that – a personal memory of a first image – but which, by being transferred from that sphere of private memory to a wider context of the artist’s work, acquires new meanings which transcend those formal qualities.


For Lemos, Lisbon marked the beginning and the conclusion of a sustained and consistent photographic journey. And it was the setting in which Lemos dreamt up new possibilities, created light and shade, revealed certainties and concealed anxieties in a unique fashion until, his freedom having been curtailed, he went into voluntary exile on the other side of the Atlantic, feeling more ‘anger than longing’, in the words of his friend and colleague José-Augusto França.


This, then, is an image representing a start, but also an end, a proclamation and a farewell, a beginning and a new beginning.



August 2011

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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

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