Back on the Banks of the Tagus exhibition
Looking today at the prints exhibited two years ago at the Photographic Archive, I have the same feeling that I had when I saw them emerge from the printer on the days leading up to the exhibition in April 2010. This does not always happen with my work. The second edition of the exhibition Lisbon on the Banks of the Tagus is now at the Monument to the Discoveries, with some updates and additions having been made to the first edition held at the Lisbon Municipal Archive on Rua da Palma.
The exhibition attracted large audiences and was admired for presenting another view of the city, looking at the river and the city from a high viewpoint that would be impossible to reach by mere mortals, requiring the use of a municipal services crane that reached a height of twenty-five meters.
The city unceasingly evolves and those who live here often pass by changes. Looking at the photographs, we see that two years is a long time in the life of a city: many changes have taken place in that period. In this case, the completion of the work at Terreiro do Paço and the new quay at Jardim do Tabaco. Some out-of-date images had to be recreated.
The movement of large ships has also increased, cruisers that come every day to dock alongside the city's various quays, discharging thousands of travellers and tourists. The residents of Lisbon feel the regular presence of these enormous ships at the quays of Santa Apolónia, Jardim do Tabaco and Alcântara. And while, in the first exhibition, it made sense to say that the Tagus being shown was empty of boats, now it is full of them.
I hope that you appreciate the exhibition as much as the team that produced it has enjoyed creating it, updating it and placing it on the wall. With all the changes that it has undergone, the city remains itself, the same presence of the immense river, the same unmistakable white light, the same youthfulness and joy. In short, Lisbon…
text by Luis Pavão Maio de 2012
Luís Pavão has worked with photography since 1979. From 1986 to 1989 he studied Photographic Conservation in Rochester, US, and completed a Master’s degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1989.
He currently works as a photographer solely in the ?eld of architectural photography. In the past he has carried out personal projects in the areas of panoramic photography and photographic printing using alternative processes. He is the curator for the collections of the Lisbon Municipal Photographic Archive and a lecturer at the Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Tomar.