A popular gallery turned tourist area.

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A popular gallery turned tourist area.

How many tourists know Foto Colectania? Many locals have yet to visit this office and photo gallery, which became an NPO in 2002. Foto Colectania’s mission is to enlighten visitors to the value of photography, and in an attempt to renew their image, they have moved to the popular tourist area of Born. Additions to their new location naturally include a gallery space, as well as a gift shop, café, and a photography album library for serious enthusiasts. After having lunch in the lively Born district, one can gently submerge oneself in this cheerful oasis of Spain’s photography culture.

Words: Toru Morimoto

Foto Colectania
Address: Passeig de Picasso, 14, 08003 Barcelona 
Tel: 932-171-626
Access: Barceloneta
Opening hours: 11am-8pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 11am-3pm (Sunday)
Closed: Monday
Admission: 4 Euros (Admission is free every first Sunday of the month)
©Akashi Photos The gallery resulted from the remodeling of an old store that dealt in equestrian goods by architect, Jauma Ponts. Their collection consists of over 3,000 pieces and contains work from around 80 Spanish photographers.
©Akashi Photos In their adjacent café and gift shop they sell post cards and miscellaneous camera goods.
©Akashi Photos Foto Colectania’s photo album library is Spain’s first collection of photographs from around the world.

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