Joseph Amaral Romeiros
The story of the Romeiros began in 1522, when a massive earthquake struck the island of São Miguel, killing thousands and burying the City of Vila Franca do Campo. In the aftermath, groups of men from the villages took to the island as Romeiros, or pilgrims. For eight days during the season of Lent, they circled the island from dawn to dusk, seeking shelter in houses, barns and churches, praying to the Virgin Mary for protection.
Joseph Amaral’s photographs celebrate the haunting power of this unique pilgrimage and the rich cultural traditions of the island of São Miguel.