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XYZ Books : Pedro Guimarães : Rato, Tesoura, Pistola


“Rato, Tesoura, Pistola” gathers together photographs by Pedro Guimarães, produced in collaboration with Nuno Engstrøm Guimarães (drawings, 7 years old) and Emma-Sofie Engstrøm Guimarães (monster pancakes, 5 years old). Sara Bichão kindly offered her masks that becomes part of a familiar entertainment revealing what an author can be, literally “one who causes to grow”, and not only in a parental relationship.

Combining the drawings of his children together with portraits of them playfully or simply relating with the father’s camera, this photobook, designed by Dayana Lucas, is a manifold of experiences and artistic attitudes in which photography works as an intertwining element and where design strategies activate it as a device involving the reader himself in the game.

As the title of the book suggests, “Mouse, Scissors, Gun”, and Pedro explains in the book presentation: “This is how we play together, how we pretend there is no such thing as the vast emptiness that keeps us apart during most days of our lives: 2500 km of land and water, to be precise, the sheer vastness of Europe. But most days is not all days of our lives, right?”.

And the time we spend flipping through this book, opening the folds that constitute its very semantic structure, has the sweet and captivating flavour of the magic time described in Pedro’s book, shortening distances and creating magic worlds with the interaction of basic, but powerful elements.”

Chiara Capodici, Leporello Books, Rome.


Pedro Guimarães :

Born 27th September 1977 in Braga, Portugal.
Pedro works as an artist and a freelance photographer. He holds a Master degree from University of Westminster, M.A. Photographic Studies, London (2009-2010). He is the co-founder of the publishing house and bookshop ‘XYZ Books’ (2014), with a focus on publishing and promotion of photography and artist books. He is also the founder and president of ‘A Ilha’, a non for profit organization located in Lisbon whose aim is to provide exhibition opportunities, offer residency and workshop programs and to promote cultural interchange between the local community and the artistic community. Since 2001 he has been collaborating on a regular basis with some of the world’s most influential newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Monocle Magazine among others.


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