24 January 2024 - 29 May 2024
Wednesdays 7.00 to 8.30 p.m.
Virginia Villar
Fuco Reyes
Enrolment rate:
30 €

This course will be a stroll through the history of photography from the first desire to create an image by the action of light to the emergence of the avant-garde in the early twentieth century.

We’ll take a journey that will allow us to connect the photographic medium with its protagonists, society, thought and culture throughout a century; one hundred years of latent images that will enable us to reveal or unveil our way of understanding the photography of this time.



PART I: From my birth (-1839)
24th January. When the desire arises
31st January. Technological and artistic ancestors
7th February. From invention and changes in world view
14th February. Some pioneers: Daguerre, Talbot, Bayard…

PART II: Early childhood or second birth (1839-1854)
21st February. Talbot and the pencil of nature. The journey to Spain
28th February. The encounter with science
6th March. Recording the world: expeditions, wars and events
13th March. Me and the others. The portrait and the camera

PART III: Adolescence. The spread of photography (1854-1880)
20th March. Popular photography and the aims of art (I)
3rd April. Popular photography and the aims of art (II)
10h April. The relationship with society (I)
17h April. The relationship with society (II)
24h April. Topographical travel and other colonial issues

PART IV: A certain youthfulness. Photography and modernity (1880-1918)
8th May. Science and society
15th May. The rupture: the instant and art
22nd May. Pictorialism
29th May. Modern life


FUCO REYES (Santiago de Compostela, 1965) is a photographer, a graduate in Social Psychology specialising in Clinical Psychology. He studied Communication Sciences at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Whilst he also holds a diploma in Contemporary Artistic Photography, he has largely focused his professional work on teaching. He has taught photography courses and workshops at USC, has been a professor at Node Estudios de Arte Online and currently leads workshops at Eco Escuela de Arte. He has held several exhibitions, including in Japan in 2010 and at CGAC in 2013. He has also received numerous national awards for professional photography and was recently awarded the Luis Ksado Award for Photographic Creation. He is president of the Fotoforum Compostela cultural association.



Anyone interested in the history of photography.



The registration period will be open from 14th November 2023 until 19th January 2024. If you are interested, please email Please include your full name, national ID card number, studies, area of work or interest, an email address and a contact telephone number. Once your request has been accepted, registered applicants will be sent payment details.



CGAC will award a certificate to all those who attend at least 70% of the sessions.