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.


Susan Dobson - Viewfinder

The exhibition comprises a series of lakeside photos, taken in 2013 in the Great Lakes region, between Canada and the US. Susan Dobson overlays her photos with digital viewfinder scans, selected from the historical and prestigious George Eastman House collections. She deliberately treats these areas of water as everyday, universal places, highlighting the marks, scratches and fingerprints left by the earlier owners of the ground glasses. The viewer looks at these landscapes through the main technical component, which allows the framing and composition of the image. Viewfinder plunges us into the heart of the analogical through the rereading of history and the techniques of 19th and 20th century media. In the digital age and the reign of the instant image, these photographs evoke a bygone era, when taking a photo required a true savoir-faire, copious materials and long posing times.

Susan Dobson - Viewfinder
Grande Place
1800 Vevey/Suisse
Heures d’ouverture:
du mardi au dimanche
de 11h à 17h30

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