Historic Algarve photos displayed in Estômbar

Algarve 63, a fascinating exhibition of photographs documenting the Algarve in the days of the 60s and 70s, is opening at Sítio das Fontes in Estômbar (Lagoa) on Friday, July 14.

The images were taken by London-based photographer Tim Motion, who will take advantage of the event to launch a photobook featuring his work.

Motion lived in the Algarve during the time he took the photos, leaving in 1975.

He has been a regular return visitor, however, and is now excited to see how people react to images from an Algarve that has changed so dramatically.

“The fact is that after 10 years the images may have some interest, but after 50 they become iconic, reminders of other times and thus of particular historic interest and value,” he told us.

The exhibition will open at 5pm, with drinks and musical entertainment. Admission is free, and the show runs until September.

Motion says he is hoping to take it afterwards to Lisbon and Porto and possibly further. Paris, Geneva, Zurich and London are just some of the cities on his bucket list.

Meantime, Tim Motion’s photobook will be on sale at the exhibition (€30) and is due to be available online too.

To follow Tim and his work, visit