In Photos: “Occupations” by Filipe Branquinho.
As the title suggests, in his on-going series taken around his hometown of Maputo, Mozambique, the Lusophone country’s capital city, visual artist Filipe Branquinho, a formally trained architect, documents the livelihoods of his fellow citizens at their place of work. Branquinho began the project in 2011 with the objective to “ photograph the urban working people in their environments and to move away from the cliché of rural Africa”, and discovering how people in this city that had seen so much violence and turmoil in the years past occupied their time and related to the environment around them.
Although having to hone his own skills and develop both a technical and personal style and approach to the medium, Branquinho isn’t new to the world of photography. His father was a journalist and friend to other prominent Mozambican photographers of the mid-late 20th century such as Ricardo Rangel, Kok Nam and José Cabral.
All Africa, All the time.