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Photo Elysée is one of the most important museums entirely dedicated to the photographic medium. Each year, we produce 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 rediscovered.

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.

On June 18, 2022, Photo Elysée will open its doors to the public in the heart of Plateforme 10, Lausanne's arts district, in a building designed by the Portuguese architects Aires Mateus and shared with the mudac. On a 1400 square meter flexible and modular museum activity platform, our exhibition spaces, whose scenography is designed by Studio Adrien Gardère, interconnect temporary exhibitions on a divisible surface of 850 square meters, a space dedicated to the museum's collections of 150 square meters - accessible free of charge -, a room dedicated to digital creation - the LabElysée - of 110 square meters, and two innovative educational spaces (Le Studio and l'Atelier) of 228 square meters.