Located in the former prison of the 15th century, (“Cadeia e Tribunal da Relação”), was in 1996 created the “Centro Português de Fotografia”. A Ministry of Culture’s decision.
The first exhibitions, in the “Centro Português de Fotografia”, were inaugurated in December of 1997, on the ground floor, that ran as a space for the exhibitions until December of 2000. At that date the photographic culture began to reviving itself, with the appearance of photography schools, festivals and galleries that used to recover photographers excluded by the Salazar regime, and spread the work of international photographers.
In 2001, after restored and adapted to its new function, by the team of architects “Eduardo Souto Moura” and “Humberto Vieira”, the building was occupied in its entirety.
Nowadays, it is protected by the “Direcção Geral do Livro”, being attributed to them the duties of development and appreciation of the Photographic Heritage.
The “Centro Português de Fotografia” still maintain an anual program of temporary exhibitions, a museum centre, a specialized library and a free service of guided tours to the building and exhibitions, subject to previous reservation.
The programming balance itself between the contemporary and historical photography and the Portuguese and international photography.
Here you can learn about the evolution of photography and many individual and collective experiences that marked this practice in a national and international level.