Musée de l’Elysée - Museum of Photography

Lausanne

© Yves André

© Yves André

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Lausanne - CHUV Heliport - Switzerland

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Lausanne - CHUV Est - Switzerland

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Lausanne - CHUV Sud - Switzerland

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Lausanne - CHUV Ouest - Switzerland

100,000 snapshots are found inside, an eternally unchanging view outside. The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne presents the world of photography against the most beautiful of backdrops, a villa dating to the late 18th century with a view of Lake Geneva.

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The Musée de l’Elysée was one of the first museums in Europe to be solely dedicated to photography. It already became internationally acclaimed shortly after its opening in October 1985. Permanent and special exhibitions showcase the beginnings of photography with works by the great photographers of the 20th century such as Cartier-Bresson, Capa, Alvarez Bravo, Penn, Frank, Depardon and Ella Maillart as well as today's classic contemporary photography.

The museum is housed in a mansion above Lake Geneva, built between 1780 and 1783 by the architect Abraham Fraisse. The collections include about 120,000 original photographs, exhibited in 8 rooms on four floors.

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