• 1949
  • Agfa paper
  • Photography
  • Inv. FP301

Fernando Lemos

Sophia de Mello Breyner

The poet Sophia de Mello Breyner (1919-2004) was not entitled, like other friends portrayed by Fernando Lemos, to double exposures or elaborated scenarios. Perhaps her unambiguous clarity, the rigor of her word and the transparency of her ethical posture were enough for Lemos, who gave to this image the subtitle ‘The Warrior’ when it was shown in 2005 in the Museum of Modern Art – Berardo Collection in Sintra.


It is a somewhat chaste portrait, but at the same time a clear statement of the poet’s personality, who in 1962, under the New State dictatorship, dared to write:

We will never cry enough when we see
The creative gesture barred
We will never cry enough when we see
Someone with the courage to fight destroyed*


* ‘Pranto pelo dia de hoje’, Obra Poética II, Lisboa: Ed. Caminho, 1991, p. 143.  The original verses in Portuguese are ‘Nunca choraremos bastante quando vemos / O gesto criador ser impedido / Nunca choraremos bastante quando vemos / Que quem ousa lutar é destruído’.




May 2010

TypeA definir
Fernando Lemos
Centro de Estudos de Fotografia
Curator: Centro de Estudos de Fotografia
27 de Maio de 2001 a 30 de Maio de 2001
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
Exposição de fotografias da autoria de Fernando Lemos.
Updated on 23 january 2015

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