Rui Oliveira has a specialization in Photography (completed in 2009, in the Portuguese Institute of Photography – Instituto Português de Fotografia), and the currently collaborates with the photo agency Global Imagens and the agency Nfactos, which work daily with various publications.
His first professional experience came after an internship of three months in the newspaper Correio da Manhã, where he remained until January 2010. While working there he also signing papers for the remaining media group, such as, Nova Gente and TV Guia.
From June 2009 to February 2010 he photographed for In People, publication dedicated to night-life and fashion events. Besides exploring the daily aspect of photojournalism, music is another area of interest of the Oporto photographer. Therefore, in recent years, he had the opportunity to shoot for specialized magazines such as Blitz and Whisper Magazine.
Rui is devoted to be in a constant learning process, so, in 2010 he applied for and was chosen to participate in a Street Photography and Photojournalism Workshop organized by the agency Magnum, in Derby, UK, where he took part of an intensive program dedicated to photography and image editing. Bruce Gilden, Richard Kalvar and Chris Steele-Perkins were his mentors.
In the following year, he attended a portrait workshop organized by the photographer Nelson D’ aires from the Portuguese Institute of Photography – Instituto Português de Fotografia.
In 2012, Rui decided to specialize in capturing and editing video image, and attended a specialization course in FLAG.
With his first video developed after training, the documentary Casas da Rua – Street Homes, he won first place in the multimedia contest Shortcutz 2013 presenting it within the known artistic and cultural festival in Oporto called Manobras.
Before that, he won the Iberian prize Estação da Imagem 2012 in the category Arts and Entertainment and was also awarded an honourable mention in the photography contest Australian Snowden Photography Competition. Moreover, in 2010, he won a silver medal in the category Reporting on the “NH – The Best Design Press Spain & Portugal” and in 2008 within an exchange programme between Portugal and Brazil, he was selected as one of the Portuguese representatives in the competition Cá e Lá.