I am a freelance photojournalist and journalist born in Vila Real de Trás-os-Montes, Portugal, in the glorious '80s. 
While working as a wire reporter in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv I began to visually document my written stories. Since then, my reporting has taken me from covering social strife in my home country Portugal, amidst the European economic crisis, to the Middle East, reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on less visible aspects there, such as the African asylum seeking community in Israel.
On the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Indian troops to Kashmir, I documented the effects on the lives of Kashmiris of what is now the longest case of military rule over a civilian population. More recently I produced a visual account on the connection between conservative politics in Poland and air pollution. 
Back to Portugal and Europe, I'm seeking to examine my own society while continuing my overseas work.

+ 351 917 483 033
Based in Porto, Portugal
Instagram: @violetasantosmoura
Twitter: @viomoura

*Images on this site are available for print upon request. 

In 2017 I was named by TIME one of '34 Female Photographers to Follow'. I'm a 2019 IWMF Grantee of the Kim Wall Memorial Fund and member of Women Photograph.

My photographic and written reporting has been published in Al Jazeera English, The Guardian [UK], Newsweek [Japan], Foreign Affairs [US], El País [Spain], Courrier International [Portugal], New Internationalist [UK], NRC [Netherlands], The Sydney Morning Herald [Australia], Woz [Switzerland], Profil [Austria], Il Reportage [Italy], Informatìon [Denmark], The International Business Times, Aftenposten Innsikt [Norway], Haaretz [Israel], RFI Radio France Internationale, LUSA Portuguese News Agency, Público [Portugal], La Vanguardia [Spain], Diario ABC [Spain], among others.

— Presentation, Kim Wall Memorial Seminar, 2019 Malmö [Sweden]
— Lectures, IPF - Instituto Português de Fotografia and Fine Arts Faculty, Porto University, 2019 Porto [Portugal]
— Grantee, IWMF Kim Wall Memorial Fund, 2019
— Judge, REFLEX - CAIS Photography Award, 2018
— Panel, 'Women in Photography' at MIRA | artes performativas, 2018 Porto
— Lectures, Instituto de Produção Cultural e Imagem and Universidade Lusófona do Porto, 2018 Porto [Portugal]
— Panel, Georges Dussaud Photography Center - Plast&Cine Festival, 2018 Bragança [Portugal]
— Group exhibition 'REGISTOS', Abade de Baçal Museum, Plast&Cine Festival, 2018 Bragança [Portugal]
— Solo exhibition, 'THE SPACES BETWEEN US' at Espaço Mira, 2018 Porto [Portugal]
— 6th Annual NY Portfolio Review - Participant, 2018 New York [US]
— TIME MAGAZINE, named one of '34 Female Photographers to Follow', 2017
— 'DARK CLOUDS', collective exhibition - 'Poster', 2017 Lisbon [Portugal]
— Lecture, 'Changing Views - Documentary Perspectives on Human Rights' seminar, Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography, 2017 Umeå [Sweden]
— 'BETWEEN WARS', Projection at 'Festival Silêncio' , 2016 Lisbon [Portugal]
— 'BREAKING THEIR SILENCE', Projection at ‘Encontros da Imagem’ Photography Festival, 2015 Braga [Portugal]
— 'BETWEEN WARS', Projection and talk curated by 'The GYM' collective at HaRiviera Gallery, 2015 Bat Yam [Israel]

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