Mário Macilau lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique. He started his photographic journey in 2003, and went professional after he traded his mother’s cellphone for his first camera in 2007. Mário’s work features regularly in solo and group exhibitions in his home country and abroad, and has won several awards including the European Union Award for Environment (2015) and the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Visual Arts (2014).
Mário Macilau on black and white photography:
“Monochrome analogue photography is my preferred choice because, for me, black and white allows the composition, light, shadow, texture and tonal qualities of the image to comeacross more powerfully and obviously than when colour is present. In addition I believe that my black and white portraits have an entirely different impact than if they were in colour because this attention to formal detail enables us to see the subjects themselves with less distraction. I feel we can get a better sense of emotion, and we can understand the subject as an individual.”
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