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, Territoire (Territory)

Preview 30 September 2015


Exhibition open from 30 September 2015 to 10 January 2016 In parallel at “Dubai Transmutations”


Publication 20 x 24 cm / 50 pages : 29 CHF (Swiss Camera Museum Friends : 20 CHF), Shipping 10 CHF.




The idea of this series emerged during the summer of 2014, following a meeting with Martin Becka on the subject of the Dubai exhibition, which was to take place at the Swiss Camera Museum a few months later. Martin Becka: “This territory cannot be superimposed either over a map of the city, or over any of an administrative office, any more than over the boundaries of a particular landscape of the region. It does not correspond to any border or contour of the formally established territory. It is composed of lots of fragments, little territories marked out by photographs, whose viewing points were gathered over the course of my travels in a part of the Canton of Vaud.


The interpretation of the territory proposed here, in the first place tries to get away from the standard and expected portrayal of the landscape and monuments. If, despite everything, some symbolic places feature, they do so, because they happen to be next to some ordinary, more invisible places, industrial or functional monuments that escape the attention of most people. The metamorphosis intended through the images invites spectators to slide away from real places, some of which are familiar, towards more mysterious and secret universes designed by the light and transmuted by the substance of the waxed negative paper.


“Territoire” came into being thanks to the support of the Montreux Casino Barrière Foundation, and Cercle des donateurs : Elinchrom, Cofideco, Foba studio technology, Holdigaz.

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

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