FROM PRISON TO MUSEUM

The Cadeia da Relação prison in Porto, Portugal was in use until 1974,  six years after the end of the dictatorship of Antonio Salazar. The building, repurposed as a museum in 1997,  is now the Centro Portugues De Fotografia - The Portuguese Center of Photography. Aside from being an exhibit space, the center also houses a collection of cameras, some over 100 years old.  Permanent and temporary collections in a number of themes combine to tell the story of photography in Portugal and internationally. The building itself dates back to the 18th century and as a museum is distinct from any other I have visited in all my travels.

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Atrium for natural light

Former cells, also used as exhibit space

Foyer gallery

Film storage, I’m pretty sure this stuff is out of date

Camera exhibit

Taken through the barred window of a former cell

Using Format