Photographer Gérard Castello-Lopes, who lived between France and Portugal, dies in Paris

The photographer and distributor of films Gérard Castello-Lopes, who died today, Saturday in Paris victim of prolonged illness, was also a film critic, having been initiated into the world as self image.

Castello-Lopes was born in Vichy (France) in 1925 but lived in Lisbon, Cascais and Strasbourg, where he joined the diplomatic corps of the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the Council of Europe. Has a degree in economics in London, was a photographer, professional film critic and the art form, and manager of a company in the audiovisual field. He devoted himself to photography since 1956, but only in 1982 gave a significant boost this activity.

Gérard Castello-Lopes, who died today aged 85, was assistant director of the Portuguese film "The Birds of Severed Wings" (1962) and the staging of two operas performed by Grupo Experimental Opera House, which was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian.

Was the founding of the Portuguese Center Theater and was co-author and assistant to production and fulfillment, along with Fernando Lopes, Nuno de Bragança, the book "Nationality: Portuguese," a short film of 1970. From 1991 to 1993, chaired the jury of the Portuguese Institute for Cinema, and has integrated the advisory board of Culturgest. Like most of his contemporary photographers, at a time when there were no courses in photography, was a self-taught learning in this area. He became interested, however, by other art forms like painting and sculpture. In photography, it proved a follower of the teachings of technical Henri Cartier-Bresson, having sought much of their training in this field in books and magazines of foreign expertise.

Film critic in "The Time and Mode," from 1964 to 1966, also wrote later, as a contributor, other securities of the press in Portugal, as the newspapers "The Afternoon" and "Weekly" from 1982 to 1984. Before and after April 25, 1974, held dozens of solo exhibitions and participated in several conferences in Portugal and abroad. But it was in 1982 that this admirer of the Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado was relaunched as a photographer, with a retrospective show. "I never thought it was very good or exceptional nature photographer. Very good photographers were men such as Ansel Adams, Minor White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Soudek, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, W. Eugene Smith, each in its kind, and 'pourquoi pas? ', Sebastiao Salgado, who I have enormous admiration, "confessed Gérard Castello-Lopes in an interview with the Public in 2004.