An exploration of photography at the Centro Português de Fotografia

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An exploration of photography at the Centro Português de Fotografia

The history of photography unfolds before your eyes in this former prison, offering a free and truly original visit.

Located in the Torre dos Clérigos district (Tower of Clerks), the Portuguese Center of Photography has been promoting the national photographic heritage since 1997. Built in the 18th century, the structure that houses it today was formerly used as a Court of Appeal (Cadeia da Relação), and then as a prison from 1961 to 1974.
These past functions add to the singular atmosphere of the place. The high glass ceilings allow for the light to slide over the old stoned walls and bring an almost mythical dimension to this ancient human purgatory. Barred doors and windows could be movie material if you'd let your imagination run wild.
Do not miss the permanent collection that sheds a light on the ancestors of our digital cameras: from daguerreotypes and folding cameras to modern reflex models and other disposable cameras or hidden spy ones. Works by trendy and contemporary photographers are on display in the temporary exhibition areas.

Centro Português de Fotografia (CPF)
Campo Mártires da Pátria
4050-368 Porto

+351 22 004 6300

www.cpf.pt