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A Group for everyone interessed in History of Portuguese Photography

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Latest Activity: Apr 9

Um novo E-Book de Nuno Pinheiro

"Olhares sobre a fotografia"é um e-book que reúne textos de Nuno Pinheiro. A maior parte dos textos é sobre a  fotografia portuguesa por volta de 1900 e corresponde a versões revistas dos que foram publicados em "A Capital" no final dos anos 90. Entre eles encontra-se "Gramophones da Luz" (segundo uma expressão de Afonso Lopes Vieira) que marca a primeira abordagem à fotografia do ponto de vista da história social.

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Access to BNP digital resources through BDPI

Portugal y Panamá amplían sus colecciones en Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio A partir de hoy se puede acceder a nuevos recursos digitales incorporados por las Bibliotecas Nacionales de Portugal y…Continue

Started by Paulo Baptista Dec 20, 2014.

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Comment by Mary Cuperr on April 9, 2020 at 16:12

Amazing tips, thanks! You inspire me to make new masterpieces!

Comment by Jose Paula on January 24, 2020 at 17:41

There are no early reference to Portuguese made cameras at the turn of the XIX century. A few retailers would sell German, British and French cameras. In last Photographica Fair in London I found a tailboard camera branded by J.J. Ribeiro & Cia (Lisbon) from around 1900, for plate format 13x18cm. I found a very small logo on the metal ridges which I identified as from the French maker Jules-Alexandre Pipon. The camera itself looks like the type of Soulé from Paris. The lens is a R.J. Beck Rectilinear 11'' (81/2 x 61/2) f8. 

Does anyone knows if there were any makers of cameras in Portugal in that period that could have made the wooden parts, or if Ribeiro just assembled or imported the full cameras.

Thanks in advance for any information.

Comment by Alex Novak on March 20, 2017 at 15:56

Amedee Lemaire de Ternande: Street Scene with Carriage, Lisbon, Portugal. Albumen print from wet plate negative, 1858, on original mount. 

Ternande was known for his photographs of the arrival in Lisbon of the 15-year old Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, the future queen (ever so briefly, only days until she died) of Portugal (May 18, 1858).  Stephanie was the Princess Diana of her day.  His work is extremely rare.

Comment by Alex Novak on March 20, 2017 at 15:54

Amedee Lemaire de Ternande: The Arrival in Lisbon of Stephanie de Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Salt print from wet plate negative, 7-1/16 x 8-11/16 in. (180 x 221 mm), 1858, unmounted. Scene in Parca do Commercial, Lisbon, Portugal, during the celebration and parade during the arrival in Lisbon of the 15-year old Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, the future queen (ever so briefly, only days until she died) of Portugal (May 18, 1858).  Stephanie was the Princess Diana of her day.  The photographer placed himself above the crowd on a balcony or rooftop.  His camera records the flapping of a flag in the left foreground that registers as a blur.  Also distinctive and lovely is his record of the dark lace details of the women's shawls in the center foreground.  The photographs of the event spawned illustrations in Le Monde (June 12 and 19, 1858); L'Illustration (June 5, 1858); and Archives Pittoresques de Lisbon (May and June, 1858).

Comment by Alex Novak on March 20, 2017 at 15:52

Frederick William  Flower: Regoa Village on the Upper Douro River (Portugal). Paper negative with later positive prints, 8-1/2 x 11 in. (216 x 279 mm), 1850c.

Image of Portuguese village, near Oporto, with Roman bridge over the river Douro.  Modern salt print from original negative by Allan Janus (1980c).  Earlier print identified on verso by Flower’s grandson (three prints in all).  Early photographs of Portugal before 1860 are quite rare, as I am sure most of you know, and Flower's are considered some of the first images made of landscapes in Portugal.

Comment by Nuno Borges de Araújo on March 8, 2015 at 20:57

Hello Noemie,
I have a hyper synthetic text on 19th c. Portuguese photography that refers to some of the photographers you mention (
On Manuel Goulart you may find these:
New Bedford Whaling Museum - "Two Brothers Goulart; Photography in New Bedford and the Azores". New Bedford, Mass.: Old Dartmouth Historical Society-New Bedford Whaling Museum, 1996. Catalogue of the exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Oct. 11, 1996 to Mar. 31, 1997.

"The Cabinet Card Gallery: Young and attractive bridal couple In New Bedford", Massachusetts,

There is also a text that I can find no more (this is the problem with internet publications):

Standard, Charlene Rocha - "Focusing on the Azorean Connection",

You can regularly find large stereoviews of the series "Azores, Madeira and Portugal", taken by Goulart brothers for sale at online auction websites like eBay, etc.
If you understand Portuguese there are some publications with additional information on some of the other photographers. Unfortunately you still can't find these texts digitized.

Good research,

Comment by Paulo Baptista on March 8, 2015 at 13:27

Dear Noemie,

I can send you some informations and bibliography on Biel and Vasques, I've already studied.

On Biel, in English, you can follow this link to a recent article: Furthermore there is a small 2010 book in Portuguese that was based on my MD thesis that includes a DVD with images, bibliography and archive research. Tell me if you are interested in it.

On Vasques there is a small text (only in Portuguese) in an exhibition catalog:

Hope I can publish soon a more detailed text on Vasques. Please send me you questions on it and I will answer them with pleasure.

Best regards,


Comment by noemie espinosa on March 7, 2015 at 19:54


Dear friend,

I will be very grateful if any of you could send me bibliography on History of Photography in Portugal in general and about any of the photographers on the list below:

Emilio Biel and Co.

M.O. Perestrelo (also Perestrelo & F.)

Jose Maria dos Santos

J. Leite


Nunes Ribeiro

Photographia Vasques

Lourenzo and Franco



Ernest Brown


Thank You very much for your help

Comment by Nuno Borges de Araújo on January 22, 2015 at 22:44

Thank you for the invitation Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro. Ours is a small country with many backyards. Let's go for a try!...

Comment by Isabel Marília Viana e Peres on December 17, 2014 at 19:32

Thanks for the invite.


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