José Sarmento Matos is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London. In December 2014 he completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, and recently began lecturing on the BA and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses there. José is interested in covering stories about the current social uncertainty in Europe and other parts of the world. As well as analysing relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people’s personal stories, he also focuses his work on his diary photography, documenting what´s around his day-to-day life.

José is a contributor to The New York Times, and has also published his personal projects in outlets world wide including Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED and The New York Times. In 2015 the Portuguese Photographer was named one of the winners of “30 under 30” Magnum award for ‘Young Documentary Photographers’ with his project ‘Turning The Page’. Developed in Portugal, the project focuses on the change in individuals who have been traumatised as a result of violent crimes. 

His work has been exhibited in galleries and other venues in cities such as London, Oslo, Berlin, Lisbon, Porto, Sao Miguel (Azores) Birmingham, Stavanger and Paris, and he’s a member of Project Sea Change; a documentary collective about today’s young Europeans and how they are dealing with the social and financial crisis in Europe. The Sea Change photo book was published in January 2015.


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Exhibited work

Viena, Oslo, Berlin, London, Lisbon, Porto, Birmingham, Stavanger and Paris.


Project Sea Change -


Magnum 30 under 30 -

Assignments / publications / Clients

The New York Times



The Guardian

The Sunday Times

Financial Times

The Telegraph


Huck Magazine

Jornal Público


Noticias Magazine



Lorentte y Cuenca





Other working experience:

Lecturer at London College of Communication, UAL. Teaching BA and MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism since 2016.


2007-2010 - Univerisade Católica Portuguesa. (BA in Journalism), Lisboa Portugal.

2009-2010 - Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull. Erasmus. Barcelona, Spain.

2013-2014 - University Arts, Of London. (MA in Documentary and Photojournalism), London, United Kingdom.