Since its invention in 1839, photography has aroused keen interest and Romandy is no exception to the rule. In Geneva and Lausanne, pioneering entrepreneurs opened shops selling photographic equipment and set up the first studios.
Returning to the fundamentals of this unprecedented cultural episode, this exhibition offers a journey into the period between 1840 and 1869 thanks to a selection of works from the Auer Photo Foundation. The public will thus be able to understand the polemics linked to an invention initially seen as a simple mechanical process and to rediscover the former urban topography of Romandy: roads with no cars, unusual lakeside landscapes, as well as all types of portraits. Ranging from familiar views of the snowy Alps to places in faraway lands, photography also fed the love of orientalism, archaeological discoveries and the study of the past. All these points of view will enable each and everyone to experience the aesthetic and formal changes hailed by the arrival of these first imprints of real life.
Schedule Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
Price Free entrance