Gonçalo Fonseca



  • "When I die, I'll go straight to heaven. Why is God going to punish me any longer? He hasn't given me anything my whole life, only suffering."
  • Porters struggle to take the bundles, which can weigh up to 300 pounds, up a hill in the Barrio Chino border, Melilla.
  • A woman with her back bent due to the weight of the bundle she carries in the Beni Enzar Border in Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the North African Coast.

Lisbon, 1993,

Gonçalo Fonseca is a documentary photographer based in Lisbon. After studying Journalism in Lisbon, he decided to do a Postgraduate degree in Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It was then when he discovered the power of storytelling and journalism. Of giving voice to those who have none, of witnessing the world’s injustices. That is what drives him. Since 2016, he has been working in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and China, with a constant focus on Human Rights issues.

His work has been published in El País, Diari Ara, 7K, Equal Times, Euronews and Open Society Foundations. His photos have been in exhibits in Lisbon, London and Dresden.