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Author: Augusto Brázio
Design (cover): Léo Favier
Format: 160 mm x 230 mm, 180 pp.
Print: Offset and silkscreen. 90 black and white photographs
Edition: 300 copies
Language: English/Portuguese

ISBN: 978-989-98298-4-8

April 2014



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(PT)

Em 2013, com cada vez menos encomendas dos jornais e revistas para onde trabalhava, o fotógrafo Augusto Brázio procura uma forma de dar continuidade à sua prática. Começa a percorrer as ruas de Lisboa e, rapidamente, confronta-se com lojas fechadas. No centro de Lisboa e nos subúrbios, no Porto, no Algarve, no Norte de Portugal, são centenas, milhares de lojas fechadas. Algumas parecem ainda ter o sinal “Volto já” afixado na porta; noutras, vê-se já indícios de abandono. Pelos efeitos conjugados da nova Lei do Arrendamento Urbano (que facilita a expulsão dos arrendatários), da queda do consumo e do aumento dos impostos, os comerciantes são confrontados com situações economicamente incomportáveis. Por outro lado, os proprietários querem recuperar os seus imóveis e aproveitar a onda de turismo que varre Portugal; querem construir hotéis de charme, abrir lojas gourmet ou vender produtos tradicionais em embalagens sofisticadas.


(ENG)

In 2013, with dwindling assignments from the newspapers and magazines for which he worked, Augusto Brázio, a freelance photographer, began to wander the streets of Lisbon. He soon discovered innumerable stores with closed shutters. In the centre of Lisbon and surrounding suburbs, in Porto, the Algarve and all over Northern Portugal, thousands of stores had closed. Some still had a “Back soon” sign on the door while others had clearly been abandoned. Due to the combined effects of the new Urban Rent Act (which makes it easier to evict tenants), diminishing consumption and higher taxes, stores face increasingly unviable economic conditions. On the other hand, owners want to renovate their properties and make the most of the droves of tourists visiting Portugal. They want to build boutique hotels, open gourmet stores or sell traditional products in sophisticated packaging.






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