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One's Own Arena
José Pedro Cortes
Pierre von Kleist editions, 2015
Hardcover, 30.5 x 22.5 cm, 168 pages

One´s Own Arena is the final moment in a trilogy, after Things Here and Things Still to Come (2011) and Costa (2013). This time the territory is Toyama, Japan

José Pedro Cortes
Pierre von Kleist editions, 2013
Softcover, 80 pag., 21x30.5 cm

14 kms south from Lisboa, where I live, is Costa da Caparica. During the last years I often found myself returning to this magnetic place.
José Pedro Cortes

Costa da Caparica is a place, south of Lisboa - a strip of land that exists between the last stretch of civilisation and the beach.
In COSTA, we wander through this territory: shacks, outmoded architecture, remains of houses, dirt left by the tide; an agglomeration of sand, vegetation and streets – a peripheral, end-of-the-line location. We are flooded by a strange luminosity; a dazzling and mysterious light which imbues these spaces with a disconcerting and unreal atmosphere, like something seen while in a hypnotic state.

Things Here and Things Still to Come
José Pedro Cortes
Pierre von Kleist editions, 2011
Hardcover, 116 pages, 24.5 x 31 cm

During nine months I lived in Tel Aviv. During this period I met four young Jewish women who were born in the USA. They had all decided, at the age of 18, to go to Israel to do the military service. After completing the required two years of service, they decided to stay and live in this idyllic Middle Eastern city.
José Pedro Cortes

Included in Photobook: A History Vol.III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.

José Pedro Cortes
Pierre von Kleist editions, 2005
Hardcover, 114 pages, 19.5 x 26 cm
Photography: A User's Manual, Edited by Delfim Sardo, Documenta, 2015. Catalogue from Novo Banco Photography Collection.

The Photobook: A History Volume III, Edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Phaidon, 2015. Read text here.

O PROCESSO SAAL: ARQUITETURA E PARTICIPAÇÃO, 1974-1976, Museu de Serralves, 2014. Catalogue from the exhibition.

Bes Photo 2014 Award, Catalogue with images and interview. Download it here.


European Eyes on Japan #14, EU-JAPAN Fest. More info here.


EPEA - European Photo Exhibition Award - European Identities, Kerber Verlag, 2012
Read text by Sérgio Mah here.