Alfredo D’Amato (Italian B. 1977) studied Art, Media and Design at the London College of Printing. He later graduated with a degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport, UK. He has mainly worked on long-term projects focusing on both, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and South America, with a particular interest in Portuguese speaking countries, focusing on the interrelationships between African origins and western influences. Alfredo has had his work published in many international newspapers and magazines and has worked with UNHCR, UNICEF and many other NGOs in Europe and further afield. Alfredo won the prestigious Observer Hodge Award and received the first prize in photojournalism at the One Media awards as well as UNICEF Photo of the year in 2005, the same year he was also selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass and was granted the Marco Pesaresi scholarship in Italy. ‘Cocalari’ (Postcart Editions), is Alfredo’s first photographic monograph, published in 2010. He is currently working on a new book project about lusophone countries in Africa and Brazil. Alfredo’s work is part of the permanent collection at George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York State.
Fado Negro, 2006-2013
Fado Negro, this is the book working title, will attempt to answer these questions by comparing images and stories of the three cities that represent in the best way the intertwinement between African roots and Portuguese influences: Maputo, Luanda, Salvador de Bahia, Praia and Sao Tome. Five different cities with a common soul, the result of a unique ethnic, social and cultural mix which is reflected in the atmosphere that enliven their streets, in the complex religious symbolism characterizing their spiritual dimension, in the smells and flavours that distinguish them and also in the urban structure – the Baixa and the Cidade Alta, that put their residents in the same perspective beside the ocean.