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Antonio Julio Duarte

(1965) Lives in Lisbon

"António Júlio Duarte has been photographing Casino’s lobbies in Macau for the last 10 years.  Shot at night, with a medium format camera and a flash, often in jetlagged mode, the lobbies became Duarte’s personal territory.  The absurd luxury of the places combined with the strangeness of the objects, and the absence of human presence, creates a strong dreamlike feeling. We are led through a labyrinth, as if floating. The work is, both an important document about the little seen reality of Casino’s in Macau today, and a very personal reflection about East and West, about how to relate to the world through photography."

 White Noise, the most recent book by portuguese photographer Antonio Julio Duarte is published by Pierre von Kleist . Photographs from White Noise series have never been exhibited before. Food For Your Eyes Gallery is very pleased to presents a selection from the beautiful and haunting photographs from White Noise series by Antonio Julio Duarte at Nofound Photo Fair, November 16-19.

 
 
 
"Shooting medium format film with a harsh flash, Duarte tempers the casinos' decadent absurdity with the aesthetic of a tourist's snapshot, placing his own humanity in the pictures as well. It's interesting to see where Duarte's eye goes as he enters the grand lobbies, walks the eerily empty corridors, or encounters a flock of ceramic waterbirds lifting off from a lake of glass. He's a person in this story too."  from Macau Glittering Menacingly, White Noise review by John Mahoney in American Photo

White Noise by Antonio Julio Duarte Special Edition of 50 copies with a 290x290 mm inkjet print, in a clamshell box, all signed and numbered .

 

Antonio Julio Duarte Biography   Born in Lisbon, 1965 . Studied photography at Ar.Co, Lisbon between 1985 and 1989, and at Royal College of Art,London, UK , as a Gulbenkian scholar in 1991. In 1990 he was awarded the Kodak Award in Portugal and participated in the group exhibition European Kodak Award at Les Rencontres d’ Arles.  Since then his photographic work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and abroad at places like Centro Português de Fotografia (CPF), Oporto, Portugal, Museum fur Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany and Tokyo Photographic Center, Japan, among others.He participated recently in Pimp the Timp Volume II, a group show curated by Galerie Lichtblick in Cologne His work is represented in several public and private collections. In 2011 he published White Noise by Pierre von Kleist editions, selected as one of the best books of 2011 in Photo-Eye's List of Books of 2011  by Horacio Fernandez and shortlisted for Book of the Year in PhotoEspaña 2012.  www.antoniojulioduarte.pt


 

Antonio Julio Duarte does frequent collaboration with musicians and indies record label. Guitars for White Noise, is maybe not the soundtrack for the book, however the music seems to have been played for Antonio's book.The CD was released in 50 copies only  with original prints by Antonio Julio Duarte. He also did the photographs for Andre Cepeda 's vinyl album River ( 50 copies)  that you might like to listen here