History of Photography in Portugal
Cod: 31032
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit provides a general approach and brief history of photography in Portugal between 1839 and 1991.

19th-20th centuries

• Recognizing the key moments in the history of photography in Portugal.
• Identifying some of the key photographers who worked in Portugal and their works.
• Knowing some technical terms related to photography over the years.

• The first reports published in Portugal about the invention of photography and pioneer photographers.
• The photographic activity between 1880 and 1910.
• The 'Estado Novo', the "worried looks", issues and researches.

Compulsory readings:
António SENA, Uma História de Fotografia, Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda, 1991.
Complementary readings:
António SENA, História da Imagem Fotográfica em Portugal – 1839-1997, Porto, Porto Editora, 1998.
Maria do Carmo SERÉN, A Fotografia em Portugal, col. A Arte Portuguesa da Pré-História ao Século XX, vol. 17, s.l., Fubu Editores, 2009.
Luís PAVÃO, Conservação de Colecções de Fotografia, Lisboa, Dinalivro, 1997.
Guia de Fundos e Colecções Fotográficas 07, Lisboa, Direcção Geral de Arquivos / Centro Português de Fotografia, 2008.
NB: Other compulsory and/or complementary readings might be pointed throughout the semester.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.