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Madeira – Photographic Memories

Madeira, through its recently reopened Madeira Photograph Museum – Atelier Vicente’s (former Photographia – “Vicentes” Museum), holds a documentary heritage of great relevance within the panorama of Europe’s Photograph History. The collection gathers the activity of several local photographers, professionals and amateurs.

The collection Madeira – Photographic Memories is a set of catalogues both in Portuguese and English, seeking to bring to a greater audience the acquaintance towards significant parts of this unique heritage as well as to offer albums of photograph history.

As for now it’s possible to purchase three of those albums, which show photographs of Madeira by various photographers on various dates such as: Alexander Lamont Henderson, 1906 (no. 1); João Anacleto Rodrigues, 1891-1943 (No. 2); Aloísio César de Bettencourt, 1872-1895 (no. 3).

These may be purchased at ABM’s Shop and at the Regional Department for Culture, in Rua dos Ferreiros – Funchal.


“Pictures and memories of the municipality of Câmara de Lobos”

As from May 30th, at Casa da Cultura de Câmara de Lobos, the Regional Archives and Public Library of Madeira (ABM) presents a photographic and documental exhibition.
This exhibition highlights old iconographic records of Câmara de Lobos, from the 19th century until the 1970s, many important elements of the built heritage and other interesting urban features, which underwent dramatic transformations, sacred art pieces of churches and chapels, are shown, along with the surprising rural landscape of Madeira, where most of the ancestral cultivated “poios” (terrace fields) occupy the hillsides.

Enjoy contemplating picturesque aspects of everyday life of former times, as well as the stunning captures of beautiful sights: the quaint charm of the fishing town of Câmara de Lobos, the cultivated terrace fields of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, superb views of Jardim da Serra, Quinta Grande and the ever stunning Curral das Freiras.
Other photographs recall two very different events: the tragic landslide, that occurred in the surroundings of Cabo Girão in 1930 and, twenty years later, the iconic visit of famous British statesman Winston Churchill, who enjoyed painting the picturesque bay of Câmara de Lobos.

To visit until July 31st.


“Pictures and memories of the municipality of Calheta”

As from March 9th at MUDAS Museum of Contemporary Art of Madeira, the Madeira Regional Archives and Public Library presents a photographic and documental exhibition, as a result of joint project undertaken by the Madeira Regional Archives and Public Library and the MUDAS.

In this exhibition, the Regional Archives of Madeira (ABM) presents old memories of the Costa de Baixo (Lower Coastal) region of the island, captured for all time through photographic images and documents of different kinds.
Aspects of the municipality’s centennial heritage and relevant buildings, some of which no longer exist, are shown. Churches and chapels are illuminated and their remarkable interior architectural elements and works of art, some of which belong to the Flemish School, are revealed.
Quaint scenes of typical rural daily life and picturesque countryside scenes unfold before our eyes, as well as breath-taking landscapes and views of the luxuriant vegetation of the Serra da Calheta (Calheta Mountain).
In addition to images from the Regional Archives of Madeira Photographic Collection, several photographs taken by various photographers belonging to the “Photographia Museum Vicentes” Collection are also displayed.

To visit until April 14th.