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Inglês (English)

Born in 1932, in Oeiras.

Taking an interest for the visual arts since 1945, Calvet starts to dedicate particular attention to the photographic expression in 1952 and starts a more serious practice from 1955 onwards, as an amator, recognising it to be the imagetic world he feels particularly vocationed for.

In paralel to his professional activity, he makes several works for a discographic editor since 1956, namely record covers for several writers and artists such as David Mourão Ferreira, Sofia de Melo Breyner, Alexandre O’Neill, Alfredo Marceneiro, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Amália Rodrigues, etc., and again in 1967/68, Vinícios de Morais, Mário Cesariny, Ramos Rosa, Herberto Helder, José Gomes Ferreira and artists Paulo de Carvalho, Fausto, Filarmónica Fraude, among others.

In 1960 he participates in an international contest of photography in black/white from the English magazine Photography, being awarded the second prize.

In 1962 and 1966 he is forced to interrupt his production as an amator photographer due to the stealing of all of his Leica equipment.

In 1966 he is able to restart more sytematically, in view of an exclusive professionalization, which occurs in 1969.

Since 1970, in paralel to his activity as a professional photographer focusing in comercial and documental photography, he starts to explore the photographic visual communication according to several themes and events. This development came from a desire for a more personal expressivity, without other purpose than the need to search for a vision with which he felt intimately involved and identified.


In 1969 he publishes the book “Foto Grafias” together with the poet Ary dos Santos (Ediorial Quadrante), which was seized by the political police PIDE days after its public presentation. It regained free circulation right in May 1974.

In 1971 he produces a work about the portuguese cultural patrimoine at what was then the portuguese colony of São Tomé e Príncipe, together with the poet Ruy Cinatti.

In 1973 he entamens a complete photographic assemblage in Mozambique and Angola, having traveled and stayed in both countries for 6 months.

Between 1975 and 1977 he is a photographic reporter in the journal “Jornal Novo”.

While working in the field of edition, he participated in an exhibition of photo-journalism at Palácio Foz in March 1997.

Calvet is represented by 8 works in the itinerant exhibition Portuguese Photography from the 70’s, promoted by the General Directory of Cultural Action (Secretary of State for Culture).

In 1978 and 1979 he also makes two works for the Secretary of State for Culture concerning the 8th anniversary of the concession of priveliges to the city of Alcobaça, as well as all the bibliographic work for the comemorative book  for the 1st centenary of the birth of the poet Teixeira de Pascoaes, which sold out, wrongly omiting his exclusive authorship. 

Since 1979, his professional activity is oriented mainly towards the editorial field, doing works for editions of Reader’s Digest, Círculo de Leitores, Quetzal Editores, Editorial Verbo, Hugin Editores, among others.

In 1991, Calvet collaborates in the work “The Image of Words”, edited by the Portuguese Comission for Europália – 91” with photographs about the work of Nuno Júdice.

In 1996 he edits the album “The Tree”, with his photographs and drawings by Rosa Ramos, with a preface by Master Lima de Freitas and texts by Lídia Jorge, Isabel Barreno, Jorge Guimarães and Mário Cláudio. 

In 1999 he edits the bi-lingual album “Woodlands of Portugal”, with a text by Lídia Jorge and a technical study by Pedro Castro Henriques.

In 2000 he makes a vast collaboration for the bi-lingual work “Forests of Portugal”,   edited by the General Directory of Forests.

In 2004 Calvet collaborates in the album “21 Portraits for the XXI century”, by Editions ASA.

Calvet is represented by several works at the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, at the Museum of the City Hall of Évora and in the collections of the lawyers societies A. M. Pereira, Saragga Leal, Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados, as well as in several private collections.




- “Além-Terra”: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1983.

- “Caminhos”  1986.

- In 1984 Calvet represents Portugal at the Bienal of São Psulo.

- “Alentejo”: Museum of the city of Évora 1983 and 1985.

- “Caminhos”: Cooperativa Árvore (Porto), 1986.

- “1900”: Galeria Diferença, Lisboa 1991.

- “Preto-Branco”: Galeria Clube dos Cincoenta, Lisboa, 1992

- “Viagens”: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto-Douro, Vila Real, 1995

- Festival “Primavera Fotográfica”, Faro, 1995.

- “A Árvore”: Galeria da Mitra, Lisboa, 1996, together with drawings by Rosa Ramos.

- “40+1”: Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes, Lisboa, 2002. Itinerant exhibition at the City Halls of Ferreira do Zézere, Centro da Barquinha and Vila Real.

- “Viagem ao Sul”: Museu de Estremoz, Galeria Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo, 2003, Museu Jorge Vieira, Beja, 2004; Centro Cultural de Castro Verde, 2005.

-“Contemporaneidade”: Centro Português de Fotografia (Porto), 2009.

-“Porto.Grafias”: Casa do Infante (Porto), June/September 2010.