Alfredo Cunha shows photographs of the 25th of April in Tavira

The show will be open until December 30

The photographic exhibition “April 25, 1974, Thursday”, by photographer Alfredo Cunha, will open on April 25, at 17 pm, at Quartel da Atalaia, in Tavira. 

This exhibition is part of a cycle of exhibitions dedicated to the work of renowned photojournalist Alfredo Cunha, part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April.

Curated by Diana Sousa and Téo Pitella, the exhibition offers a detailed and unique view of the different moments of the Revolution, through a vast archive of images that document more than five decades of the photographer's career. From the Colonial Wars to the present day, the 50 selected photographs reveal the transformations and historical milestones that shaped Portugal.

Structured around the book of the same name, released by Editora Tinta-da-China, it includes engravings by Vhils and music by Rodrigo Leão.

Visitors will be guided through three thematic sections: “From War to Freedom”, which establishes relationships between the colonial wars and the ideological structures of the Revolution, “April 25, 1974, Thursday”, with iconic photographs that illustrate the memories and the imagery of this very important day in the history of Portugal, “After April”, which portrays the country in the process of reconstruction.

Each image in these sections establishes a connection with crucial events in history and, when seen in dialogue with the current political context, provides an immersion in the collective memories of Portugal and the consolidation of the Democratic State.

Alfredo Cunha, born in 1953 in Celorico da Beira, began his professional career in advertising and commercial photography in 1970. Since then, he has collaborated with several newspapers and magazines, including Agência Noticiosa Portuguesa – ANOP, Notícias de Portugal, Lusa, and the newspaper Público, where he was photographic editor between 1989 and 1997. He was photographer for the Presidents of the Republic Ramalho Eanes and Mário Soares.

His career includes several photographic series dedicated to historical events of great relevance, such as the 25th of April 1974, Portuguese decolonization, PREC (Revolutionary Process in Progress, 1974-1975), the fall of Niculae Ceausescu, in Romania (1989 ), and the Iraq War (2003). He has published several photography books over the last few decades, from Raízes da Nossa Força (1972) to Porto: A Cidade das Pontes (2022).

The show will be open until December 30st.