Fernando Lemos

 

Fernando Lemos is a painter, graphic artist and photographer from Portugal.

Early in his career, in 1960 , Fernando Lemos, photographer from Portugal, is participating in intellectual resistance movement against the dictatorship of Salazar. His Production is experimental, close to the experimental nature inspired by work of Man Ray.

He came in Brazil and lived in the Pension Maua , in Rio de Janeiro, where he photographs writers and artists. In 1953 , some of his photos are display at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo – MAM / SP [ Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo ] and the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro – MAM / RJ [ Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro ] . His works resemble those of modern Brazilian photographers of the late 1940s, related to Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante [Photo Film Club Bandeirante] .

Fernando Lemos still working with construction techniques and organization of space , as in Luz Teimosa [ Stubborn Light ] , 1951/1952 , where the light is revealed in lines that intersect , in a subtle way , an atmosphere confined . The brief period during which he devoted himself more intensely to photography ends shortly after his arrival in Brazil. He began to work with drawing and painting and produces non- figurative works . He first uses shapes cut out the background , often close to graphic signs in compositions mainly structured by line , as in Símbolos [ Symbols ] , 1967. In other works , he uses geometry as an expressive form , and also creates organic forms evoking symbols. It also explores the luminosity of watercolor.

Fernando Lemos also works with visual communication and graphic planning, and as an illustrator for several publications. With Décio Pignatari (1927) , he led the design studio Maitiry in São Paulo. His design work is still not well known

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  1. What a find! Brilliant work which discovers unexpected connections extending in depth into the image; for example the streams of light between the doorways – that shot beats Ralph Gibson’s 1969 ‘Hand Through Doorway’, from “The Somnambulist” (https://collections.artsmia.org/art/115669/hand-through-doorway-from-the-somnambulist-ralph-gibson) quite literally ‘hands down’! And I gather that Lemos’ doorways picture ‘Luz Teimosa’ was taken nearly 30 years earlier (1949-50 is a date I find elsewhere). The double exposures…superb! Thank you so much for this post – I’m itching to find out more about this truly great Portugese photographer of whom I’d never heard before…and to chase up his intriguing links with Brazilian photography and film that you mention.

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