Date of birth
Prior to his studies in photojournalism in London and in documentary photography in Newport, Edson Chagas spent most of his life in Luanda, the capital of Angola. He was born in this city in 1977, two years after the start of the civil war, and it was here that he returned after his European experiences. The importance of the three cities in the artist’s biography is shown by the photographs in the series Found Not Taken, begun in 2008. The shots portray everyday objects abandoned along the roadside, some still in good condition, others worn out or half-destroyed. Chagas gathers them during his urban explorations and places them in a new context, in order to then photograph them against carefully chosen backgrounds, of which he exploits the patterns and chromatic contrasts. [...]
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