At the heart of “Vevey, the city of images”, the Swiss Camera Museum presents the history of photographers and photography in a bold setting, where old architecture blends with the contemporary.

The exhibition, providing a rich display of photographs and engravings from the work of practising photographers, has an audio-guide in German and in English, as well as interactive animation, projections and videos, which interest the younger generation. Among the more entertaining, this museum is highly appreciated by tourists, fascinated by its magnificent objects, some of which can be operated by the visitor. On public holidays and during the school holidays, you can develop your own traditional-style photography in the laboratory.

From the camera obscura and the magic lantern or other optical reproductions, to the digital image, this amazing collection of photographic or laboratory equipment, with its flashlights and other illuminations, as well as its studio furnishings, will let you discover the life of the photographer, from its origins right up to the present day.

During your visit, you will discover the evolution of photographic processes, from the invention of Nicéphore Niépce to the digital image, including the daguerreotype, the calotype process or the collodion wetplate, then the gelatine silver bromide dry-plate, followed by the appearance of the nitrate film or cellulose acetate and then the autochrome and colour processes.


Sébastien Kohler Ambrotypes

Preview on 13 September 2017 at 18:30
From 13 September 2017 to 14 march 2018
Born in Switzerland in 1969 and established in Lausanne, Sébastien Kohler comes from the world of music. Self-taught in matters of photography, for several years he has been inspired by the wet collodion process, developed in 1851 by the English sculptor and calotypist, Frederick Scott Archer, following the works of the French photographer, Gustave Le Gray. This process produced excellent negatives on glass, which Sébastien Kohler presents in the form of an ambrotype, a technique patented in 1854 by James Ambrose Cutting in the United States. The principle is simple: if one places a negative in front of a black background, while lighting it from the front, it appears as a positive, because the light illuminates the metallic silver, which constitutes the picture. This exhibition unveils the extraordinary work of Sébastien Kohler and his mastery of a 19th century photographic process. This, in combination with the power of his eye as a contemporary portraitist, could not fail to attract the interest of the Swiss Camera Museum: among the processes presented in its permanent exhibition, only the collodion ones have not yet made an impact across a temporary exhibition, which succeeds in revealing its full richness.
Sébastien Kohler Ambrotypes
Grande Place
1800 Vevey/Suisse
Heures d’ouverture:
du mardi au dimanche
de 11h à 17h30

To view virtual tour properly, Flash Player 9.0.28 or later version is needed. Please download the latest version of Flash Player and install it on your computer.