As the author spent his childhood in rural areas, capture the essence of the rural people has always been a challenge that has captivated him. The ease of communication between the author and rural people facilitated the process.
It all began in 2007 when the author visited "Covas do Monte" and found one of the last places where the word "humanity" makes sense. Simple people, workers, people for whom the word “euro” or “political” means nothing.
The author met Maria "Piqueirinha", Maria do Martins, Antonio, Frances, Anne, Luciano and many other wonderful human beings living in absolute community and work in agriculture. They help each other like a big family.
In the course of time, the author has begun to be considered a true friend and like family for all these people, and since 2007 he becomes part of their lives, their joys, sorrows, and unfortunately, to attend the passing of almost all of them.
Rui Pires is Portuguese and born in 1968. The passion for photography began in 1983 as an amateur photographer. It is considered a photographer with a classical and humanist style, and is dedicated primarily to documentary photography.
In 2006 Rui Pires began a project that aims to document the life in Portuguese rural villages undergoing desertification, the “Rural Moments” project. The project still running.
In 2009 Rui Pires began the “Lands of Allah” project, a documentary about the life of the nomad tribes of Berbere-Touareg people in north of Africa and Sahara desert..
He have many publications in web, magazines and newspapers in many countries. He have also won prizes and awards in exhibitions and photography contests.
With influences of Doisneau, Eisenstaedt, Adams and Salgado. he tries to achieve a humanistic approach to documentary photography and always try to dignify the people he portrays. Rui Pires shoots primarily in medium and large format with black and white film and he controls the entire photographic process, from capture, processing film and printing.
Actually he produce high quality fine-art prints of his photography in signed and limited series for art collectors worldwide and have many of his works in private collections.
Rui Pires is member have a degree in Image Analysis and Evaluation by Photographic Society of America.
Rui Pires is "Photography Instructor" of Education Services in PSA - Photographic Society of America.
Since 2011, Rui Pires becomes a Independent Curator, first in Onexposure 1X web Gallery, and actually work as Curator for some NGO Foundations and Governments.
Rui Pires is graduate in Professional Photography by New York Institute of Photography.
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Honorary Member of Larsa Human Rights Iraq NGO
Under Larsa Human Rights Iraq NGO and since 2011 Rui Pires helps promote documentary and humanist photography in Iraq and already co-organizated 7 exhibitions in Baghdad and some Kurdistan citys between Iraqi photographers and Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese and many other photographers form all world.
This helped to promote the photography as a international language of love between the countrys and helped to promote Human Rights.