Document and discourse: on the surveys (to the phtograpy and the territory)


  • Lais Pereira Institute of Contemporary History, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa



history of photography, surveys, Portugal, exhibition


The exhibition “Surveys in the Territory: landscape and settlement” (Plataforma das Artes e da Criatividade, Guimarães, October 2015 - February 2016) brought together a series of photographs from projects of different kinds, dedicated to Portuguese territory: from the scientific expedition to Serra da Estrela in 1881, to the work of contemporary photographers such as Paulo Catrica, Válter Vinagre or André Príncipe (among others), and including a set of research projects from the middle of the 20th century that used photography as a method of recording their fieldwork (Orlando Ribeiro, Ethnol- ogy Studies Center, Survey of Regional Architecture). Considering the objects brought together in that context, this text seeks to ques- tion in what way did the diversification of the photographic prac- tices that took place in contemporary Portugal have been related to the interest in contemplating, studying and thinking about the national territory.



How to Cite

Pereira, L. (2021). Document and discourse: on the surveys (to the phtograpy and the territory). Práticas Da História. Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past, (2), 153–175.