Jorge Bacelar was born on 12th June 1966 in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. He is a veterinarian by trade but has always nurtured a love of photography despite only taking to it seriously in 2013.
His work as a field vet in the area of Murtosa, in Portugal’s northern Aveiro district has been his greatest inspiration. It has allowed him to get close to the preferred subjects for his photographs: rural farmers and their livestock. His photos have a raw, almost painterly quality that shows his close relationship with the people he photographs. He believes his photography gives access to a world few people know about.
“I spend hours talking to people,” Bacelar says. “The type of photos I take are very intimate. I photograph people inside their homes, their stables and that needs a certain amount of intimacy and close friendship.”
Through his Facebook page, Murtosa Tube, Jorge Bacelar’s work has gained both national and international recognition. His first exhibition was in 2013 in Torreira, where he was one of several photographers invited to be part of an exhibition entitled “ Marinhoa People and Landcapes”. In the same year his solo exhibition “Identity” opened at the local council of Veiros and he began submitting his work to art gallery FineArte Portugal where he currently has over 300 photographs available.
Since these relatively modest beginnings, Jorge Bacelar has gone on to compete in renowned international photography competitions. In 2014 he won the “Together Against Hunger!” photography competition organised by the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). In July 2015 he won the “Nomination Award HPA 2015” in the HPA2015 9th Humanity Photo Awards organised by UNESCO and CFPA, in Beijing, China.
In 2016 he became world champion as part of the Portuguese team in the World Photographic Cup after being awarded a Photographic Cup Reportage Bronze Medal 2016. In the FEP European Professional Phot