Showering, Growing in Darkness series
Dreamer, Growing in Darkness series
Long Standing, Growing in Darkness series
A Fish Story, Growing in Darkness series
Private Security, Growing in Darkness series
Stairs of Shadows, Growing in Darkness series
A Cowboy, Growing in Darkness series
Fak You, Growing in Darkness series
Ninja, Growing in Darkness series
Rainy Days, Growing in Darkness series
Dreaming of Sunset, Growing in Darkness series
Flagrant, Growing in Darkness series
Emilio Maluleke, Growing in Darkness series
Memory, Growing in Darkness series
New Look, Growing in Darkness series
Playing, Growing in Darkness series
Kamana Silva, Moments in Transition series
Alito, the guy with style, Moments in Transition series
Untitled, Moments in Transition series
Untitled (2), Moments in Transition series
Untitled (3), Moments in Transition series
Untitled (4), Moments in Transition series
Untitled (5), Moments in Transition series
Untitled (6), Moments in Transition series
Untitled (2), The Price of Cement series
Untitled, The Price of Cement series
Untitled, The Price of Cement series
Untitled (7), The Price of Cement series
Untitled, The Price of Cement series
Untitled, The Price of Cement series
Untitled (1), Out of Town series
Untitled (2), Out of Town series
Untitled (3), Out of Town series
Untitled (4), Out of Town series
Untitled (5), Out of Town series
Untitled (2), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (4), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (3), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (5), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (7), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (9), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (10), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (15), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (17), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (19), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (20), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (21), Living on the Edge series
Untitled (22), Living on the Edge series
Regina Nhamuche, 16, Growing in Darkness series
Rag Ball, Growing in Darkness series
A boy with his toy pistol, Growing in Darkness series
Mário Macilau (1984, Mozambique) was born in Maputo where he currently lives and works.

His work has been recognized with many awards, and he was a finalist of Unicef Photo of the Year in 2009. His work has featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in his home country and abroad, including: The Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa, 2009; The Pan African group exhibition in the Biennale of African Photography, Bamako, Mali, 2011; VI Chobi Mela Photo Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011; Photo Spring festival in Beijing, China 2011; Lagos Photo in Nigeria, 2011; BESphoto at CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal, 2011; Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, the KLM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2012; The Johannesburg Art Fair, 2013; Les Recontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RD Congo, 2013 and The Biennale Arts Actuels in Saint Dinis, Reunion Island, 2013, Saatchi Gallery’s Pangaea : Art from Africa and Latin America, 2014, In the Beginning the World Became Flesh at the Vatican Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015, Making Africa at the Vitra Museum, Basel, and the Lodz Photofestival, 2015.
Mário Macilau is one of Africa’s most exciting photographers – his powerful and sensitive work has been widely exhibited to growing critical acclaim.


Macilau, who is a painter as well as a photographer, started his journey in to photography in around 2003 from the streets of Maputo. His career began in earnest when he traded his mother's cell phone for his first camera in 2007. He specializes in long term projects often focusing on socially and economically marginalized groups.


Macilau’s Growing on Darkness series is part of the Vatican Museum’s exhibition at the 2015 Venice Biennale and works from his Moments of Transition series celebrating the style of young Mozambicans features prominently in Vitra Museum’s acclaimed Making Africa show.

“As a photographer, I believe in the power of images and I've been exploring the relationship that exists between the environment, human beings, and time. Photography has connected me to incredible moments and experiences and all the places have taught me something valuable... I usually work on long-term projects which allow me to understand the stories before I even use the camera. I am then able to capture those moments after I've spent a lot of time with them and we have earned each others' trust.”