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Centro Portugues de Fotografia

Largo Amor de Perdicao | Building of the former Jail and Court of Appeal, Porto 4050-008, Portugal
+351 22 004 6300
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Interesting visit

This photography museum is set in an old prison. Free to enter, we found the exhibition to be of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JHReading
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Reading, United Kingdom
Free and extremely interesting

This is the former prison building now dedicated to a permanent photographic apparatus exhibition... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sennockred
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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The Portuguese Centre for Photography (CPF) is a free public service based in Porto, in the building of the former Relação Prison. It was created in 1997 by the then Ministry of Culture and it is currently under the supervision of the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries. Its competences are aimed at promoting and valuing our photographic heritage, namely through the archival processing of specimens and the management of the National Photography Collection. The CPF also offers an annual programme of temporary exhibitions, a permanent Museum Centre that comprises a rare and valuable collection of photographic cameras, a specialized library - which provides specimen research and reproduction services -, a shop, and free guided tours to the building and the exhibitions upon prior reservation
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Largo Amor de Perdicao | Building of the former Jail and Court of Appeal, Porto 4050-008, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This photography museum is set in an old prison. Free to enter, we found the exhibition to be of mixed interest and would have liked more about the history of the building.

Thank JHReading
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the former prison building now dedicated to a permanent photographic apparatus exhibition and temporary photography exhibitions. The temporary element is housed downstairs in the various wings of the prison. An information card collected at the entrance describes the uses of the various rooms....More

Thank sennockred
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe this museum is free! The featured works are so-so, a few of the artists are spectacular but there's some amateur work as well. What was really enthralling was the upstairs exhibit of cameras all the way from the mid-19th century to now....More

Thank Zak1999
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in an old prison this is a fantastic space and the rooms and staircases are very striking. They really deserve a more striking collection of images than those currently on display, many of which are relatively small and mundane. It is well worth going...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting with some very old tools and equipment on display. Exhibition is itself being developed. Beautiful building.

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Housed in the former prison this exhibition is a bit of a disappointment, unless you are interested in old cameras. Photos themselves are average.

Thank Lee P
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Reviewed March 7, 2018

Saw some interesting exhibitions and lots old cameras. Unfortunately main exhibition had just finished. Amazing building as it use to be a prison

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Reviewed March 6, 2018

During the period of our visit to Porto we were regularly surprised by rainshowers. So there was the photography museum ready to welcome us with some interesting exhibitions of local photographers. Being a foreigner, I didn't know Joan Manuel Castro Prieto, who seems to be...More

Thank Mich V
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

A really interesting exhibition on the history of photography (along with 2-3 artist exhibitions) with many artefacts to view. The descriptions of certain items were missing, but that didn't really bother me. Either way, if you're interested in photography you're in for a treat! Personally,...More

Thank Jordan M
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Reviewed December 15, 2017

I am truly fascinated by photography and high expectations of this place. What a disappointment. There is no information in English and even the hundreds of old cameras were not ordered in any seemingly chronology. The building is amazing and I don't care for the...More

Thank SurajShah
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