Virgílio Ferreira is a Portuguese photographer.

He has completed an MA in Photography at the University of Brighton in UK, 2012; a Cinematography Course at the International School of Cinema, La Habana, 2005; and a Photography Course at the École des Arts et Métiers de L’Image 21, Paris, 1995.

His work has been widely exhibited in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and South East Asia. Some of the most significant exhibitions have takenplace at Flowers Gallery, (London); Hamburg Triennial of Photography; The Portuguese Centre of Photography; Galerie Madé (Paris); Unseen Photo Fair(Amsterdam); Photo LA, and Photo Miami (U.S.A.); Hight House Gallery (UK); Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai); Ofoto Gallery (Shanghai); Módulo Gallery(Lisbon); Format International Photography Festival (UK); Madridfoto (Spain); Museu da Imagem (Portugal); Southeast Museum of Photography (U.S.A.);the 2nd Fotofestival Mannheim (Germany); Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland); Royal Academy of Art (London); and the BAC Festival at the Centreof Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Spain).

He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the1000 Words Award for European Photographers (2012), but also the Dst International Photography Prize, Encontros da Imagem, Portugal, (2010). Ferreira has also been nominated for Hanhnemuhle Anniversary Photo Award, Germany, (2009), and semi-finalist for the Foundation HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris, France, (2007). He has been awarded several bursaries for research and development of artistic work including Direção-Geral das Artes, Portugal, during the biennium of 2013/14 for developing and disseminate the photographic project “Being and Becoming”; a Santander International Masters Scholarships, University of Brighton, 2011, and a bursary for Artistic Improvement, Orient Foundation, Macau, China, 2006.

To date he released four projects in books entitled, "Passages", “Being and Becoming”, “Daily Pilgrims”, "We and The Others" and "Rainbow". He has also had work featured in international magazines, blogs, and online magazines such as European Photography; 1000 Words Photography; The Guardian UK; Lens Culture; Hey, Hot Shot; Katalog-Museum for Fotokunst Brandts; Eye Curious; Mrs Deane; Heading East and Artephotographica.

Ferreira's work is held in public collections, including The Portuguese Centre of Photography; the Hahnemuhle Anniversary Collection, Germany; the Southeast Museum of Photography, USA; the National Collection of Photography, Portugal; Lodz Art Center, Poland and the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

In my practice, I embrace the vulnerability and passion of the artistic process, approaching a world of growing uncertainty, in which reality, time and space no longer have clear coordinates. Investigating signs of the complexities that surround me, I explore social spheres, nature, spiritual realms and individual experience, focusing on the paradox of what is visible but unrecognized.

The images are constructed at the moment of capture, denying the possibility of a ‘fixed’ reality and formal vision offered by the camera, questioning and revealing the indeterminate, uncertainty and the dynamic transformations of life where everything is interconnected.

  • Publications
  • Texts
  • Reviews
  • Being and Becoming
  • Fluctuations
  • Passages
  • Uncanny Places
  • Daily Pilgrims

Virgílio Ferreira
Porto, Portugal
Tel: 00351 223233873