Antonio Julio Duarte's photography may begin in collaboration with patients in psychiatric hospitals, in shelters for homeless people, in kennels or in daily urban life. The curator Miguel von Haffe Perez identifies the work as emphasising the "need for a non-spectactular representation of reality." (Anamnese, The Book ed. Fundação Ilídio Pinho, Oporto, Portugal, 2006)
“Antonio Julio Duarte’s intention is to challenge what viewers think they know by means of what he discloses. These photographs are valuable by themselves, not by any name they may carry; they are ontological in nature, rather than evidences of a situation.” Joao Pinharanda (Curator of Art at EDP Foundation, Lisbon)
Antonio Julio Duarte studied photography at Ar.Co,, Lisbon between 1985 and 1989, and at Royal College of Art, London, UK , as a Gulbenkian scholar in 1991. In 1990 he was awarded the Kodak Award in Portugal and participated in the group exhibition European Kodak Award at Les Rencontres d’ Arles. Since then his photographic work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and abroad at places like Centro Português de Fotografia (CPF), Oporto, Portugal, Museum fur Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany and Tokyo Photographic Center, Japan, among others. His work is represented in several public and private collections.
Selected Exhibitions : 2009 Jesus Never Fails, EDP Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal-Encounter: Dublin, Lisbon, Hong Kong, & Seoul Cultural Center of Korea Foundation, Seoul, Korea -2008 Nuit de l’Europe / European Night Rencontres d’Arles, Parc des Ateliers, Arles,France -2007 From Nature / Do Natural Modulo Gallery, Lisboa-Ingenuity, Photography and Engineering 1846-2006 Palais des Beaux- Arts, Brussels, Belgium
In 2006 he published the monograph António Júlio Duarte, a survey of his work from 1990 to 2005.