At the heart of “Vevey, the city of images”, the Swiss Camera Museum presents the history of photographers and photography in a bold setting, where old architecture blends with the contemporary.

The exhibition, providing a rich display of photographs and engravings from the work of practising photographers, has an audio-guide in German and in English, as well as interactive animation, projections and videos, which interest the younger generation. Among the more entertaining, this museum is highly appreciated by tourists, fascinated by its magnificent objects, some of which can be operated by the visitor. On public holidays and during the school holidays, you can develop your own traditional-style photography in the laboratory.

From the camera obscura and the magic lantern or other optical reproductions, to the digital image, this amazing collection of photographic or laboratory equipment, with its flashlights and other illuminations, as well as its studio furnishings, will let you discover the life of the photographer, from its origins right up to the present day.

During your visit, you will discover the evolution of photographic processes, from the invention of Nicéphore Niépce to the digital image, including the daguerreotype, the calotype process or the collodion wetplate, then the gelatine silver bromide dry-plate, followed by the appearance of the nitrate film or cellulose acetate and then the autochrome and colour processes.

 

Martin Becka, Dubai Transmutations

Inauguration on 11 March 2015

 

Martin Becka, photographer and teacher from Czechoslovakia, combines the use of a process going back to the beginnings of photography, printing the negative on wax paper, with the use of travelling cameras and large formats (up to 40 x 50cm)… and the representation of a completely modern, even futuristic subjet, whose print positives are produced by contact with salted paper and then gold-toned….

 

His work, the juxtaposition of “time in suspension” imposed by the use of XIXth century processes, confronting a contemporary subject at a hectic tempo, is completely in line with our themed exhibitions. In parallel with the beauty of these images that border on the sublime, the occasion is just right for our institution to evoke in greater detail the process perfected in 1851 by Gustave Le Gray.

Martin Becka,  Dubai Transmutations
Grande Place
1800 Vevey/Suisse
Heures d’ouverture:
du mardi au dimanche
de 11h à 17h30

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