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Centro Portugues de Fotografia

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Address: Largo Amor de Perdicao | Building of the former Jail and Court of Appeal, Porto 4050-008, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 22 004 6300
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15:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 15:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Portuguese Centre for Photography (CPF) is a free public service based...

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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When I went it was free entry (not sure if it was an exception and it is always like that) but I really enjoyed as I have an interest for history and old buildings. What... read more

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Cork, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a disappointment. Only part of the old gaol was open with a display of bodies. Nothing really related to photography; just art exhibition.

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Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I went it was free entry (not sure if it was an exception and it is always like that) but I really enjoyed as I have an interest for history and old buildings. What fascinated me the most was that it used to be a prison before and you can go inside the cells and get a perspective of... More 

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Central Portugal, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Centro Portugues da Fotografia is hosted in a historical place and where we can see good quality photo exhibitions. I totally recommend it.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The museum is free to the public and during Weekend is open only to vistors from 3 till 7 PM. They change the selection of art Photography 2/3 times per year.

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NY/NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The exhibit was great and thought provoking. And the experience of walking through this old prison was intense..... For anyone interested in the intrigue of the human mind, and the unanswered questions around love, intimacy, freedom, and power, this is a must see. And for those who love old buildings and civilizations, not to be missed.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Don't bother at the moment. The photographic exhibit is closed and the building is being renovated. However, the central part of the jail is open and free.

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Belmont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Amazing former prison is the interesting venue for some rather provocative art, we saw a display of nudes done in photography, video and multimedia presentations. Enjoyable and tasteful.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Usually come here when I go to Porto because it always has interesting temporary exhibitions with strong visual language and messages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

A must visit in downtown Porto. A lot of exhibitions. Free. On the top floor there's a permanent analogic camera collection.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I had really come to see the old prison and with the photography exhibition as a added extra. Unfortunately the upstairs was closed for works - they must have been using silent tools as I couldn't hear a thing. The photography didn't do anything for me so all in all a bit disappointing.

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