Rui Pires is Portuguese and born in 1968. The passion for photography began in 1983 as an amateur photographer. It is considered a photographer with a classical and humanist style, and is dedicated primarily to documentary photography.
In 2006 Rui Pires began a project that aims to document the life in Portuguese rural villages undergoing desertification, the “Rural Moments” project. The project still running.
In 2009 Rui Pires began the “Lands of Allah” project, a documentary about the life of the nomad tribes and Berbers-Touareg people in north of Africa and Sahara desert..
He have many publications in web, magazines and newspapers in many countries. He have also won prizes and awards in exhibitions and photography contests.
Rui tries to achieve a humanistic approach to documentary photography and always try to dignify the people he portrays. Rui Pires shoots primarily in medium and large format with black and white film and he controls the entire photographic process, from capture, processing film and printing.
Actually he produce high quality fine-art prints of his photography in signed and limited series for art collectors, gallerys and museums worldwide and have many of his works in private collections.
Rui Pires is member of Photographic Society of America and have a degree in Image Analysis and Evaluation and a degree in Advanced Photography. Also is PSA Education Services instructor.
Rui Pires is graduate in Professional Photography by the New York Institute of Photography.
Rui Pires is International Judge for PSA Competitions.
Since 2011, Rui Pires becomes a Independent Curator, first in Onexposure 1X web Gallery, and actually work as Curator for some NGO Foundations and Governments.
As Curator Rui Pires already curate 7 international exhibitions.
Recipient of "Fellowship in Africa 2013" from SDN and Management Schiences for Health, recipient of "Documentary Award" from UNESCO and many other awards.