A Fotografia entre a experiência do real e a expressão fragmentária do artista

Activity: Supervision


This thesis aims to investigate photography as a potential image of the world and as a result of a subjective artistic practice. Because of the increasing hybridization between reality and artificiality in contemporary photography, this thesis assumes photography as a highly complex practice that imposes the need for a broader reflection. The study of the history of photography and of the different aesthetic and critical discourses surrounding the representation of the theme of the real will try to contextualize the new contemporary photographic practices and contribute to the recurrent debate about the boundaries that delimit the artistic and critical discourses from the photographic practice itself. As a result of the impossibility of carrying out an investigation that unequivocally encompasses all the variety of practices and discourses that dominate the field of photography, this thesis assumes documentary photography and its legacy of verisimilitude with reality as its central axis, through the perspective of photographic practice as an exercise of the fragmentary expression of an artist. In order to support the theoretical arguments herein analyzed, this thesis presents a reflection on my own photographic practice, based on a body of work entitled Still There (2011-2016).
Period27 Nov 2017
Held atUniversidade Católica Portuguesa
Degree of RecognitionPhD


  • Photography
  • Reality
  • Verisimilitude
  • Indexicality
  • Theme of banality
  • Documentary photography
  • Subjectivity
  • Artistic validation