One of the world’s leading museums entirely dedicated to photography
Photo Elysée is one of the most important museums entirely dedicated to the photographic medium. Each year, the museum produces demanding exhibitions, distribute reference editorial content, conceive innovative events and offer events open to all.
Since its creation in 1985 as a “museum for photography”, Photo Elysée has been questioning the permanent reinvention of the medium through the great figures who have marked its history by imagining new ways of seeing or making people see, while revealing in a privileged way the emerging photography which, through unseen views, bears witness to the world of today and prefigures that of tomorrow. In other words: to cover all the subjects of photography, to discover them sometimes, and above all to make them rediscover.
The museum’s collection of more than 1,200,000 phototypes covers the entire field of photography, from the first processes dating from the 1840s to the digital image. It includes many complete photographic collections or archives, including those of Sabine Weiss, Jan Groover, René Burri, Ella Maillart, Nicolas Bouvier, Charlie Chaplin, Gertrude Fehr, Hans Steiner and Olivier Föllmi.
In June 2022, the museum will reopen its doors in the heart of Plateforme 10, Lausanne’s new arts district, in a building designed by Aires Mateus and shared with the mudac. With a total surface area of nearly 3,800 square meters, the exhibition spaces, whose scenography will be designed by Studio Adrien Gardère, will host, in parallel with temporary exhibitions, a free exhibition of the collections, a public mediation space and the LabElysée, an innovative space for digital experimentation.