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The Madeira Photography Museum – Atelier Vicente’s, the only one in the country entirely dedicated to photography, reopens on July 29, after five years of closing and works worth 1.7 million euros, said the regional executive.
“We are talking about an eighteenth century photographic house, the oldest in the country, which has gone through four generations of the same family, so we are talking about a heritage that tells a lot about Madeirans, was part of the daily life and the experience of Madeira,” said in an interview with the Lusa agency, the Secretary of Tourism and Culture, Paula Cabaço.
Atelier Vicente’s, now renamed Madeira Photography Museum, was founded in 1863 by Vicente Gomes da Silva and remained operational until 1978, when the building in the center of Funchal and the estate, with more than 1.5 millions of negatives, were acquired by the Regional Government of Madeira.
In 1866, three years after the opening of the house, Vicente Gomes da Silva received the title of photographer of the Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria and, in 1903, the photographer of the Royal Portuguese House, which contributed even more to its importance , making it one of the best equipped studios of the 19th century.
The space opened to the public in 1982 as a museum and in 2014 it closed for works, with the executive investing 1.2 million euros in the rehabilitation of the building and 500 thousand euros, with community contribution of 85%, in the restoration and safeguarding of the collection.
“We want to go further in this museum, we want the Atelier Vicente’s Photography Museum to be a reference at the national level and we want you to be able to design Madeira internationally in this area,” said Paula Cabaço.
The space reopens with a temporary exhibition, open until October, titled “Treasures of Portuguese Photography of the 19th Century”, maintaining, on the other hand, a permanent exhibition representative of the various authors included in the collection, which includes the collection of practically all large Madeiran houses, photography of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Secretary of Tourism and Culture highlighted the investment made in the “faithful reconstruction” of the studio, namely in terms of furniture, props, laboratory equipment and cameras, indicating that the visitors will even have the possibility of being photographed with scenarios of the time.
Paula Cabaço explained that the reconstruction of the atelier also includes a presentation of the history of the photographic processes, from the daguerreotype to the first color photographs, through the devices of magic lantern and stereoscopy (three-dimensional photography).