José Chambel (b. 1969, São Tomé and Príncipe) Born in São Tomé and Príncipe, José Chambel lives and works in Portugal. He studied at the Instituto Photography, from 1992 to 1994.
His photographic work is in a language of documentary nature, developing projects where he explores the light through black and white, with themes centered on the preservation of cultural, tangible and intangible heritage, in Portugal, São Tomé and Principe and Cape Verde. His work is represented in several public and private collections, such as the collection of Portuguese Center of Photography, the Cultural Center of São João da Madeira, the Ormeo Junqueira Botelho Foundation and the Lusophonies Collection. In Portugal, his work has been represented by Perve Galeria since 2015.
In spite of being deeply rooted in his heritage, José Chambel embodies a promising and talented generation that is committed to play a significant role in today’s African society, encouraging the act of rethinking the image of Africa. In 2019, José Chambel was featured in Art Dubai in a new section Bawwaba, created to shed light on artist interrogations of the notion of the Global South.