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In the small, elegant photo book, Daily Pilgrims, city dwellers are portrayed as blurry, anonymous ephemeral phantoms photographed against backdrops of sparkling cityscapes of towering steel and glass and multicolored glowing lights.
To make this series, Portuguese photographer Virgilio Ferreira traveled and photographed in six Asian cities in 2006: Bangkok, Macao, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. In all of them, territory and behavior are changing fast, and the cities’ inhabitants often seem insignificant and furtive in comparison to the urban structures that surround them.
Ferreira says this about his work:
“In an intuitive and random way, as I walk through
the streets I let myself be attracted by lights, colors, scenes, and anonymous
people who cross my way and whom I invite to pose. The portraits are made
very quickly, but, in a rigorous and selective approach, I try to relate
the person and the background. As focus and lack of focus create tension,
the unfocused faces turn into fleeting masks."
This book was published for the Daily Pilgrims exhibition
at the Portuguese Centre of Photography, Cadelia da Relacao, Portugal,
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