In 2005, after 3 years living in London, moved back to Lisbon and was part of Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Program in Photography. On that same year had his first solo exhibitions at Centro Português de Fotografia (I will not reveal you) and Silo (Silence), both in Porto, Portugal. Cortes was also selected for the Photo London - Emerging Artists Presentations and, in 2006, took part in the Getty Images curated exhibition New Photographers 2007. Other solo exhibitions include Museu da Imagem (Braga, 2006), Módulo – Centro Difusor de Arte (Lisboa, 2008, 2010), White Space Gallery (London, 2006), CAV - Centro de Artes Visuais (Coimbra, 2013), Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin, 2015). In 2015, as part of the exhibition EDIT: Sequence/Meaning, his body of work Costa was exhibited at CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, in Santiago de Compostela.
In recent years Cortes was invited for some projects that include EPEA - European Photo Exhibition Award, with work shown in four European venues (Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre Gulbenkian Paris, Fondazione Monte di Luca, Italy, and Oslo Peace Center, Norway), European Eyes on Japan ( with book and exhibition) and O Processo SAAL: Arquitectura e Participação, 1974-1976 , with work shown at Museu de Serralves, Porto and at Canadian Centre for Architecture, Toronto. In 2014 Cortes participated in the event Live Editing Show at LE BAL, Paris, where visitors could produce a book in collaboration with the artist.
Recently was nominated for the prestigious award BESPhoto 2014 with exhibitions at Museu Berardo, Lisboa, and Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo.
In 2015 exhibited One's Own Arena at Museu da Electricidade, Lisboa, and in 2016 was one of the commissioned artists for the BF16 - Bienal de Fotografia de Vila Franca de Xira with his installation Concreto Armado.
From his early career, José Pedro Cortes considered the book as an important medium for his work. His publications include Silence (2005), Things Here and Things Still to Come (2011), Costa (2013) and One's Own Arena (2015).
He is the co-founder and co-editor of Pierre von Kleist editions, a photobook publishing house based in Lisbon. As an editor and designer he has worked in more than 30 books.
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