WHY A MUSEUM ABOUT IMAGE?
We are in the age of social networks, where children, youth and adults communicate increasingly through images that they produce themselves. Educational and cultural bodies need to accompany this development. How? Promoting awareness of the complex processes of social and cultural transformation, currently underway through image.
THE MUSEUM AIMS TO:
- Problematize the relationship between humans and technology
- Unravel and recreate the mysteries of image production
- Contribute to the development of media and visual literacy
- Show intriguing and charming images and devices
- Foster critical thinking and reading of images
- Provide conditions for conscious image production and dissemination
AT THE MUSEUM WE CAN UNDERSTAND:
- The histories of media and imaging technologies.
- Portuguese society of the second half of the 20th century, through the images of photographer Teófilo Rego.
- The history of human Representation: the portrait.
- The fascinating devices of imaging: to view, create, reproduce, register, capture, expose, disseminate and investigate.
- The evolution of the image through myths, religions and traditions, cultures, arts and sciences.
THE MUSEUM USES AS RESOURCES:
- Playful, interactive and educational materials, such as recreations of objects from film and photography archeology, optics objects and chemistry materials, visual documentation.
- Material heritage: photographs and optical and photographic devices, photographic studio material.
- Practical workshops.
IMAGE HOUSE MUSEUM PERMANENTLY OFFERS TEOFILO REGO’S PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE.
- Acquired between 1999-2000 from the photographer’s family by the founder Manuel Leão.
- A valuable heritage of images from the second half of the 20th century that documents, mainly, the North of Portugal – about 500,000 negatives.
- An important collection of optical devices, cameras and camcorders, studio and photographic laboratory equipment.
- Objects and unavoidable images in the history of photography.