Photographer's Note

I wanted to show three Kodachrome photos from the city of Porto, all partly featuring the famous Dom Lus I Bridge, built in the 1880's. But I had trouble scanning them, because they were not technically the best photos I had ever taken, and no matter how much I struggled with the PP I wasn't satisfied with the colours. So when it entered my mind that they all looked like scenes from Italian neorealistic films it became obvious that I had to make them in B&W.

Italian neorealism was a movement of filmmaking, roughly active from the end of WW2 through the 1950's. The crews stepped out of the studios into the streets and made stories concerning the poverty and social problems that plagued the nation after the years of war and decades of Fascism. In 1984, when I took these photos, Portugal was still struggling to overcome the legacy of dictatorship and costly colonial wars in Africa. The atmosphere I found in Portuguese cities reminded me a lot of the Rome, Milan or Naples that I had seen in the old B&W movies by directors like Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti or Vittorio De Sica.

I have added workshop photos showing a man gone fishing in the Dourou river and laundry drying above the river. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides and converted to monochrome.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10965 W: 536 N: 21248] (92852)
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  • Date Taken: 1984-08-00
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  • Date Submitted: 2018-02-03 1:16
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