Público, 15/09/02
Photos of the Unforgettable.

To the generation that has only heard of wars and to those who have been part of them, none has been as scary than the one started in September of last year.
The falling of the Twin Towers was the attack of a ghost that later got a name, a body, and hatred. A war that started on TV, in direct, watched in silence.
Rita Barros, a photographer living in New York was a witness and shows her feelings in Centro Português de Fotografia until Nov 16. Images in black and white of moments of pure hell, surprise, and incomprehension. Images of her fear while the buildings fell at her feet transforming themselves in pieces of history. The eyes, the camera got stuck in this whirlwind of fear in the faces of the New Yorkers. More than keeping the information, these photos keep all our incomprehension.
Like Maria do Carmo Serén from CPF wrote "the photos of Rita Barros bring us back to hell, a year later. Because they bring the signifier to the significant, what it is and what it represents, the memory and the emptiness, the removal of the debris, the gratuitousness of a life that will not return – the shop windows destroyed, the controlled panic, the masks, and the empty space where still today the lights show memory and faith.
By Joana Delgado Macel.

Visão 15/9/02
A Year Later….

…A Year Later, Rita Barros, remembers the terror lived in the streets of Manhattan between cries of despair and anguish. The exhibition of black and white images recuperates the possible feelings of being confronted with such a tragic event. But this is not an exhibition of another reportage like so many we have seen through the year, but a symbolic reading of something not forgotten, and accomplished through a personal contemporary vision of "fotografia de autor." In fact, Rita Barros "manages to update the event without shocking those who have not finished their mourning but will keep a deeper and stronger meaning" adds the Centro Português de Fotografia….
By Susana Silva Oliveira

Diário de Noticias 12/9/02
To Look at Manhattan a Year Later

A Year Later an exhibition at the CPF includes 24 images that constitute the symbolic reading of the photographer Rita Barros of those days that may have changed world history.
… the drama of the actual black and white photos contrasts with the happy colors with which she portrayed the Chelsea Hotel where she lives…. And for those who only identify the work of Rita Barros with that chromatic craziness in which the author registered the kaleidoscopic ambience of the cult hotel, A Year Later reveals another look.
By Fernando Madail

Expresso 17/8/0
Foto-Horror, 11/9 seen by the eyes of Rita Barros

… what marked deeply the photographer that has shown in galleries in New York and Lisbon was the "smell, difficult to describe, a mixture that hurt the nose. She describes her work as a personal vision of a drama that has forever marked our collective and takes into account the human side of a city paralyzed." These are moments captured before, during, and after.