Ontem. Photographs by André Cepeda. Le caillou bleu, 2010. 120 pp., 50 colour illustrations, 11½x11".
Portuguese photographer André Cepeda exhibits his work frequently and has had a number of books published.
In the book 'Ontem' (which means 'yesterday' in Portuguese) he has followed the lives of the people of Porto - photographing landscapes, interiors and portraits in and of the region.
"The photographer, concerned with poverty and social injustice, has gained access to theses small closed districts and where people live in families and couples in tiny apartments. There, he managed build relationships with these people who often feel there is no hope or prospects for the future.
In these spaces, Cepeda's photographs allow the viewer to hear the silence, which gives the images a charged intensity. The couples, with whom he has had long conversations and who survive on very strong bonds of love forged between them, are perhaps the essence of the photographer's work: to try to express ideas in the picture through the understanding of others and those around him."
Quote from publisher's description.