Mário Macilau Wins the Prestigious James Barnor Photography Prize!

Mário Macilau Two Boys With A Fish (Faith Series).2018 Photographic print

Exciting news! Mário Macilau, an integral part of the Ed Cross Fine Art Gallery for over a decade, has won the James Barnor Photography Prize, one of the top achievements in the photographic world. He was also shortlisted for the 2019 Mast Award, exhibited at renowned venues like the Musée de la Photographie in Senegal (2018), Vitra Museum (2015), and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Furthermore, his work graces the permanent collection of the esteemed Pompidou Centre. 

Mário Macilau's artistry is distinct, primarily rooted in extensive visual storytelling projects that unveil the intricacies of human labour and the stark realities of our environment. His black and white images evoke emotion, echoing the depth of real-life stories through the interplay of light, shadow, and texture.

"I like to use photography to draw people’s attention to things they’re missing, be it environmental issues, working conditions, or human rights abuses," says Macilau.

Macilau's perspective enables him to connect with individuals across different backgrounds. His works transcend the conventional frames of documentary photography, positioning them as poignant tools for social intervention.

If you're intrigued by Macilau's powerful visual narratives, you can explore and purchase some of his artwork in the Arete catalogue.

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