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.


A tour of the world in Photochromes

From February 17th to August 28th, 2016

Opening on February 17th, 2016 at 6:30 pm


In the 1880s, Hans Jakob Schmid perfected a magnificent photographic colour printing process, called Photochrome. Starting from a black and white negative transferred onto as many lithographic stones as colours required in the final image, a subtly nuanced print was achieved at a time when colour photography was still only in its infancy.


At that time, Hans Jakob Schmid worked at the Orell Füssli Printing Company in Zurich, which took out a patent for this process in 1888 and founded the company Photoglob Zürich (P.Z.), with the express purpose of marketing the images in very varied formats, up to 40x50 cm, which enjoyed an immediate success and well beyond Switzerland’s borders. The First World War and the arrival on the market of the first colour photography processes sounded the knell of Photochrome.


The museum is displaying a sizeable collection of Photochromes, including large format views, sometimes panoramic, albums and various smaller collections, touristic pictures, which constituted a real invitation to travel across the world at the turn of the XIXth and XXth centuries.



A tour of the world in Photochromes
Grande Place
1800 Vevey/Suisse
Heures d’ouverture:
du mardi au dimanche
de 11h à 17h30

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