A Portuguese documentary photographer, José Sarmento Matos has been focusing on stories about the current social uncertainty in Europe as well as analyses relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people’s personal stories.

About me

Born in Sintra (Portugal) in 1988, I am a Portuguese photographer based in London. In December 2014 I completed a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, Univerity of the Arts London.  

In my documentary work I am interested in covering stories about the current social uncertainty in Europe and other parts of the world. As analysing relevant contemporary world issues by focusing on people’s personal stories. 

In 2015 I was named one of the winners of “30 under 30” Magnum award for ‘Young Documentary Photographers’ with the project ‘Turning The Page’. 

I am member of the 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. 

In 2016 I became a Leica Ambassador. I also have been teaching as a visitor lecturer @LCCLondon (UAL) since November 2015.

Among other on-going projects I am currently working on my photo essay about the lives of call center workers in several countries around the world. One of the first two chapters focuses on the Philippines and India, and it was recently published in Newsweek Europe magazine and in The New York Times.


Email - josesarmentodematos@gmail.com 

Exhibited work

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


Project Sea Change - http://www.ypdbooks.com/photography/1259-sea-change-a-photo-documentary-about-young-europeans-YPD01475.html


Magnum 30 under 30 - http://www.bjp-online.com/2015/02/magnum-30-under-30-winners-announced/

Assignments and publications 

The New York Times



The Guardian

The Sunday Times

Financial Times

The Telegraph


Huck Magazine

Jornal Público


Noticias Magazine


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.