José Sarmento Matos, is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in London and a Leica Ambassador. 

In December 2014 he completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, where lectures on the BA and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses. 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 frequent contributor to The New York Times. He has also published his personal projects in outlets world wide including Newsweek, Financial Times, WIRED, The New Yorker. The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung. Other clients includes, A+E Networks, HISTORY channel, Huck Magazine, Expresso, Jornal Público,  Noticias Magazine, Microsoft, Victionary, and Leica.

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. This project was also in exhibition in different galleries in Portugal, from November 2015 until late 2016. 

His work has been exhibited in galleries and other venues in other cities such as London, Oslo, Berlin, Birmingham, Stavanger and Paris, and was 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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Twitter  - josesmatos

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 New Yorker


HISTORY Channel.



Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The Guardian

Financial Times

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.