António Júlio Duarte has been photographing casino’s lobbies in Macau for the last 10 years.
Shot at night, with a medium format camera and a flash, often in jet lag, the lobbies became Duarte’s personal territory. The absurd luxury of the places combined with the strangeness of the objects, and the absence of human presence, creates a strong dreamlike feeling. We are led through a labyrinth, as if floating.
This work is both an important document about the little seen reality of Casino’s in Macau today, and a very personal reflection about East and West, about how to relate to the world through photography.
António Júlio Duarte (b. 1965) is a photographer born and based in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied photography at Ar.Co, Lisbon between 1985 and 1989, and at the Royal College of Art, London UK, as a Gulbenkian scholar in 1991.