...Portugal's first filmmaker was a florist in Porto?
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In this post we unveil the story of how Aurélio da Paz dos Reis, a successful merchant and flower producer, decided to start his 'adventure' in the world of 'animated photography' back in 1896 here in Porto... and also how he failed to do business with the Lumiére brothers...!
A man of many talents: Aurelio da Paz dos Reis
A self-portrait, 1909
Born in Porto in 1862, the cunning merchant Aurélio da Paz do Reis devoted most of his life to the production and commerce of... flowers! He owned a shop called "Flora Portuense" in the most central square of Porto ("Praça da Liberdade") from which he would directly sell flowers and export top quality seeds, produced in his own mansion's garden.
The front of Aurélio's flower shop in Praça da Liberdade, Porto, nowadays a pastry shop, Confeitaria Ateneia.
Parallel to his firmly established flower business, he also did some work as an acreditted photojournalist -w/press card- selling the photos documenting his travels to a couple of local publications. His topics went from landscapes to local people's habits, Brasil and France's particularly, but he had a knack for theater people's portraits.
Photo of Jaap taken during a Sunrise running tour, in 2017
He would also regularly photograph his own family. Favorite subject: his youngest daughter, Hilda. She used his photos as Christmas and New year's best wishes post cards.
In addition to all these activities and his travels, he would also find time to sell typewriters from the brand Yast, photographic film from Lumière & Jougla and even automobiles from the Belgium-based manufacturer Minerva...!
Minerva was an prominent car manufacturer based in Antwerp from 1902 to 1938.
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