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“Visit for the building and history but do not expect much from the exhibition, but it is free :)”

Centro Portugues de Fotografia
Ranked #33 of 268 things to do in Porto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Pros : fantastic building and history, insight into portugals past, fantastic views across the city from the top floor Windows, interesting collection of cameras if that is your thing, the evening we went there was even glasses of port as there was a book signing and it is free entry.
Cons : dont expect much from the photography on display

Thank Natalia B
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Building is interesting enough but not enough to make it an exclusive trip. Not the best collection of photographs. A bit deflating.

Thank A M
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

This gallery was within the old jailhouse,an incredible 5 storey building with a hexagonal recess in the middle. There were several large scale exhibition galleries and the floors upstairs were dedicated to local photography and a range of vintage cameras. It was free entry although do be careful as they do close for lunch. We were also outside the Centro Portugues de Fotografia one Sunday morning and amazed to see the piazza being used for a full scale bird market. This market was full of local character and birds that I have never seen before. It seemed most of the birds were singing!! This market wasn't listed in our guide books but is definitely worth visiting if you like observing the hustle and bustle of colourful markets.

1  Thank DPHPL
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

I never see many tourists or locals in this place and that's a pity. This is a great place especially if you are a photography aficionado. There is an amazing collection of photos and items related to photography, old cameras, interesting devices, etc. The building itself is a must see. It is an old prison where one of the most notorious Portuguese writers was imprisoned and wrote one of the portuguese literature masterpieces: "Amor de Perdição" by Camilo Castelo Branco.

Finally, there is no fee to enter! It's free! Don't miss it!

4  Thank Filipe L
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Our guide on our walking tour of Porto recommended this to us. It is free to get into and we enjoyed it so much we went back twice. The building is so interesting and the exhibits were fantastic. If you enjoy photography this shouldn't be missed

1  Thank Sarah G
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