The Photomobile Elysée has come to an end!

After two seasons and nearly 3'000 kilometers travelled, it is time for the Photomobile Elysée to close its tour.

From November 2020 to December 2021, during the temporary closure of the museum while we moved to Plateforme 10, the Photomobile Elysée allowed us to meet schools and specialized institutions of the Canton of Vaud.

The Photomobile in a few figures:

  • 2'737 participants from 4 to 104 years old
  • 162 workshops realized
  • 2'954 kilometers traveled in the canton of Vaud
  • 1'250 labels distributed for the photographs of the workshop "Hors cadre"
  • 157 color photographs taken during the "Lumière et Trichromie" workshop

L'Elysée hors champ

Dive into the workshops offered by the Photomobile Elysée by discovering the articles on our online journal (in French only).

The Photomobile Elysée in video

"During its relocation phase, Photo Elysée explores the canton of Vaud with its Photomobile, a van that crisscrosses the roads and offers fun workshops and discovery of the world of photography to schools and specialized institutions.

"Hors cadre" workshop

"On the board, one of the two mediators draws around the image as indicated by the participants. 'Sometimes they imagine a plane or rain! We don't restrict them. So much the better if they suggest something crazy! We try to get them to question what is coherent, but there is no right or wrong answer.'"

"Lumière et Trichromie" workshop

What do the students participating in the Photomobile Elysée's "Lumière et Trichromie" workshop discover? "They will now learn how 19th century scientists unlocked the mystery of color and applied it to photography. The guessing game continues. When was the first color photograph taken? The categorical - and surprising - answer from the participants: '1990!' When told that it was much earlier, they offer: 'In 1500!' The correct answer is somewhere in between... in 1861.'"

"Mes identités numériques" workshop

"How many times a day does a teenager take pictures of themselves with his smartphone? How do they present themselves on social networks and what relationship do they have with their image on the Internet?" Created by the Fotomuseum Winterthur and offered by the Photomobile Elysée, the workshop "Mes identités numériques", explores these themes with students aged 12 to 15. It aims to develop a critical reflection on the photographic images we produce on a daily basis and on our rights when we post them on applications.


The Photomobile Elysée project is generously supported by the Fondation Le Cèdre, the Fondation Coromandel, the Fondation Ernst Göhner, the Fondation Françoise Champoud, the Fondation Arpe and the Pour-cent culturel Migros.

Other news


Debi Cornwall wins the Prix Elysée 2023

Photo Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are pleased to announce the identity of the winner of the Prix Elysée 2023, the American photographer Debi Cornwall for her work entitled Model Citizens.

 "The work is in line with current events and is an important contribution that is timely, given the effect of fake news in our societies. Through her research, the artist questions the blurred line between truth and fiction. The project, which is both a political and intellectual commitment, points to the urgency and necessity of questioning photography as a proof. The impact of fake news is not limited to the United States – the artist is telling a local story that talks about global issues. We are convinced that with the Prix Elysée, Debi Cornwall will reach a new and wider audience and that the prize will help increase her visibility in Europe." – The members of the jury of the Prix Elysée 2023  

The Prix Elysée endowment of CHF 80'000 will enable the artist to complete he research and publish a book.

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The winning images of the contest

As part of the exhibition Blur. A Photographic History, presented at Photo Elysée from March 2 to May 21, 2023, the museum organized an Instagram contest on the theme of blur.

Photographic mistakes, focus manipulations, artistic and motion blur, vignetting or digital manipulation, more than 1'700 images were shared with the hashtag #PhotoElyseeFlou over a period of two weeks.

The great diversity and quality of the submissions impressed the Photo Elysée's team and the jury, composed of Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Photo Elysée, and Pauline Martin, curator of the Blur exhibition. Thank you all for your participation!

Congratulations to the winners:

The three winning photographs will be presented in our spaces from Thursday, April 20 until May 21, 2023! The photographers of the winning images will also receive a Friends of Photo Elysée card, valid for one year.

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