Portuguese photojournalist Gonçalo Lobo Pinheiro has sought to capture the changing face of Macau, the city he has called home for 12 years, through his latest documentary project: “What once was, will be no more…”
Culminating in a book of the same name, Gonçalo spent a little over a year collecting images of the former Portuguese colony – now best known as a Chinese gambling destination – taken from the 1930s to the 1990s.
Gonçalo took each of the original photographs he collected back to where it was taken and aligned it with the contemporary environment, juxtaposing historical and current scenes within the frame.
“This book and an exhibition represent an encounter between the past and the present,” he said. “Macau has changed a lot in the last 50 years. My intention is also to show these changes from a different narrative, putting old photos in new places.”