Pierre von Kleist, 2022. First edition. Hardcover, 154 pp., 45 b/w and 48 color illustrations, 22x28cm. Photographs by Diogo Simoes.
A Zona is Diogo Simões´ first book. Twelve years in the making, it marks the arrival of a major force in Portuguese photography.
All the photos were done in Margem Sul, Tagus river south bank, opposite Lisbon. A humanistic, poetic, politically engaged hallucinatory record of a territory with a strong industrial and postcolonial past. A beautiful land with mountains, white sanded beaches, dolphins and ghettos. Simões is a son of the land. This is his territory. A Zona makes justice to Margem Sul, in all its Prehistoric, Roman, Muslim glory. Indeed, a Holy Land.