Behind the shutter: Patrícia de Melo Moreira on photographing Portugal's inferno

By On May 07, 2018

Behind the shutter: Patrícia de Melo Moreira on photographing Portugal's inferno

In the summer of 2017 catastrophic wildfires claimed more than 100 lives and 44,969 hectares of Portuguese land.

Photographer Patricia de Melo Moreira witnessed and recorded the beginning of that "dark summer", when the first fire in Pedrógão Grande started spreading to neighbouring areas including Góis, Pampilhosa da Serra and Arganil.

De Melo Moreira, whose work earned her the first prize of the Estacao Imagem de Coimbra festival, told The Telegraph about what it was like to cover the deadliest wildfires in her country's history: "Professionally and emotionally, I will never forget it."

It started with a very long working day in Lisbon. On June 17, 2017 De Melo Moreira was photographing the gay pride parade for AFP, with temperatures reaching 42C in the capital.

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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