Expositions en cours

Pioneers of Photography in Romandy

en Suisse romande - Collection Auer Ory

09-27-2019 - 03-29-2020

Maison Tavel

Ubiquitous today, photography was a prodigy in the eyes of those who first discovered its wonders in 1839. And like every object of fascination, it also garnered its fair share of critics, who attempted to strip the practice of any artistic value. Through daguerreotypes — unique images developed on a silver surface — then calotypes and similar processes that allowed unlimited reproductions to be made on paper, photography opened itself up to all possibilities and became a medium for all aspirations In Geneva as in other French-speaking cantons across Switzerland, the novel technique sparked considerable interest: people set about reproducing and sharing images of people, monuments, works of art and nature itself. They captured picturesque views, exceptional scenes and the changing times Through the remarkable collection assembled by Michèle and Michel Auer at their Geneva-based foundation, Maison Tavel spotlights the diverse approaches of all photography pioneers from Romandy French-speaking Switzerland. 


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Exhibition's flyer

Press kit (in french)



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