For this week’s #MouretInspiration, Roland looks to Artur Pastor’s riveting work that captures the real, rigid and quite scenic essence of Portugal in the beginning of the 20th century. The Portuguese photographer exposed the country’s quotidian in a raw and poetic way through his humane Cartier-Bressonesque lens. He independently mastered the art of catching and composing spontaneous moments in the lives of the Portuguese society.
Although his photography is now regarded as avant-garde, Pastor was never given the acknowledgment he deserved due his motherland's derogative perception of Photography as an occupation. Now known as the father of Contemporary European Photography, Artur had to work as a civil servant for the Ministry of Agriculture in order to commute around the country and take his impressive photographs.