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“E depois do adeus” exhibition celebrates 50th anniversary of Carnation Revolution in Portimão

The photographic exhibition is the first event of a year-long programme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the April 25, 1974 revolution.

The Museu de Portimão is inaugurating the photographic exhibition “E depois do adeus” (And after goodbye) by Marques Valentim, on April 22, at 10:00. The event marks the beginning of the official celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in the Municipality.

Named after the song by Paulo de Carvalho, which was broadcast on the radio on the night of April 24, 1974, as the first password for the April 25 revolution, the photographic exhibition features six dozen images. Captured by Marques Valentim’s attentive and artistic eye, these pictures – some unpublished – represent the main historical events that marked the country in the last five decades.

“From the colonial war to the current war conflict in Ukraine. From Salgueiro Maia (the face of the revolution) to the current President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, including Mário Soares and other personalities, the exhibition covers the historical process of Portugal, starting before and after April 25, 1974, until today”, explains a note from the Portimão Municipality.

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“In addition to crucial moments in Portuguese life, between the end of the dictatorship and the beginning of democracy, which photojournalist Marques Valentim experienced and recorded, several images will be presented for the first time to the public in Portimão. The exhibition is a way of celebrating this important period of Portuguese society and its political and social journey”, explains the Municipality.

Born in Cascais in 1949, Marques Valentim completed compulsory military service in Mozambique, as a photo-cinema militia officer, after completing a course in Photography and Cinema at the Army Cartographic Services in Lisbon.

After April 25, 1974, he emerged in photojournalism, initiating his professional work at the European Press Agency and at the newspaper “A Luta”, where he remained until its extinction in 1979.

He was part of the team that launched the “Correio da Manhã” and later joined “Portugal Hoje”, where he remained until the end of the publication in 1982. In 2001, he received an “honourable mention” for participating in the prestigious Visão magazine photojournalism contest.

Open until June 11, the exhibition “E depois do adeus” can be visited on Tuesday from 14:30 to 18:00; from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.

This exhibition constitutes the first moment of a vast programme that the Municipality hopes to present over the year to celebrate half a century of freedom and democracy, culminating in the celebrations of April 25, 2024.