Saturday (July 24) will mark the opening of a photography exhibition showcasing the “history of the arts, crafts and professions of Portimão” at the town’s riverside square Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes.
The exhibition has been put together by the Grupo de Amigos do Museu de Portimão (Friends of Portimão Museum, or GAMP) with the support of the local council, the parish council and Portimão Museum
It is the fifth outdoor exhibition organised as part of the town’s outdoor exhibition project ‘Passear Pela História’ (A Stroll Through History).
The project was launched in 2017 and aims to surprise pedestrians with large-scale photos depicting “memoral moments of the town’s economic, social and cultural evolution”.
This particular exhibition will explore the traditional jobs held by local people several decades ago, including fishermen, dock workers, van drivers, shipbuilders, naval carpenters, confectioners, typographers, tinsmiths, grocers and blacksmiths.
Also represented will be the local fish canning industry, once one of the main economic activities in Portimão.
Says the local council in a statement to the press: “‘Passear pela História’ exhibitions aim to strengthen the identity of our community by valuing the town and the borough as a cultural and leisure destination, while at the same time providing an informal and laid-back trip down memory lane.”
The exhibition will remain on display at the bustling riverside square until September 19.
Photos: Centro de Documentação e Arquivo Histórico do Museu de Portimão