João Mota da Costa
João Mota da Costa was born in 1954. He is a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery, and he specialised in surgery of the hand. He coordinates the wrist and hand surgery unit of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Hospital CUF Descobertas. He started photographing at the age of 13. He taught himself photography and developed his photographic culture through exhibitions and books of great photography masters (special mention to, among others, Antoine D’Agata, Helmut Newton, JH Engstrom, Jeanloup Sieff, José Manuel Ballester, Jorge Molder, Miroslav Ticky, Paulo Nozolino, Raymond Meeks). From 1984 to 1993 he was awarded various photography prizes, he participated in many group exhibitions and he had his works included in several publications. Lately he decided to produce intense authorship work and decided to study photography from October 2010 at the Atelier de Lisboa, where he attended technical, theoretical and project courses under the supervision of the teachers Bruno Pelletier Sequeira, Bruno Santos, José Carlos Duarte, José Pedro Cortes and Paulo Catrica. In 2010 he had his first individual exhibition “abstrações” at the Galery Arthobler and latter at Novo Ciclo Acer Galery at Tondela. Em 2011 he won the 1st Prize of the contest “Como Vejo o Meu Hospital”, organized by Hospital CUF Descobertas, with the book “Com uma máquina fotográfica descartável escondida na bata”. In 2012 he participated in the first session of Portfolio Revision at the Photolab CDAP (Carpe Diem) and also at Encontros da Imagem, Braga 2012. He integrated the Final Exhibition of the Project Course: 4projectos #44semanas #88horas, from 16 to 29 March, 2013 at Museu da Cidade – Pavilhão Preto.