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January 10th of 1996 sets the official date of Bate Chapas’s creation. However, it is still during the course in A.R.C.O that everything started. Marie Claire marks the beginning of a professional path and an enviable group of clients. Some of them have been with us for more than a decade, thus leaving us extremely proud of the mission we initially planned to achieve. We photograph because we enjoy it, but our main concern is our clients’ satisfaction. It’s in a welcoming and relaxing environment that, in the last 14 years, we have created and developed images for a wide range of communication and publicity agencies, national and international press, as well as for some direct clients. All of them were equally relevant in the process of our professional growth. We act upon certain principles, always eager to be updated and to respect and accomplish the ideas of our clients. In addition, there are, of course, the miracles. It is not by chance that we are called the chapel of Campo de Ourique.


Paulo  Esteves

Born in Lisbon in 1972, Paulo took a photography course at AR.CO between 1993 and 1995 and received a Kodak Portugal scholarship in the last year.
He participated in several expositions and later co-founded the company Bate Chapas. Since then he has made catalogues and campaigns for a wide range of clients and agencies and has published works in the national and international press, such as New York Times, Rotas e Destinos, Maxmen, Maxim USA/UK and Russia, etc.

Luís Gonçalves

Luís Gonçalves was born in 1966, Lisbon but spent his childhood and adolescence in Açores, having then returned to his hometown.
After doing several professional and academic activities, he decided to attend AR.CO (an art school in Lisbon), eager for more training and experience, where he took a complete photography course.
In the end of 1993 Luís gives his first steps as a professional photographer and since then he hasn’t stopped photographing. Several people and products were captured by his camera and many stories or mere circumstantial episodes were lived and recorded, as a result of an already long professional career.