The photography book has become a collection object and a subject of research. Aesthetic and graphic, uniting image, typography and text, it is one of the best sources of the history of photography, allowing to follow the evolution of an artist, to understand a period, to apprehend the genres and the themes which make the complexity and the interest of photography.
Photo Elysée’s library contains various collections and sets such as the complete collection of the editions of the Guilde du Livre, a substantial set of children’s photography books, a large number of Chinese and Japanese books, not to mention the Plantureux collection dedicated to 19th century photographic processes and techniques. The libraries of Christoph Schifferli, Kaspar Fleischmann and Peter Born have recently been added to the collection of historical reference publications. Our library thus contains many unique copies within the Renouvaud network, and even within the canton of Vaud or French-speaking Switzerland.
Our library also houses a significant collection of precious books. It is made up of rare books, fragile books, artists’ books, autographed books and bibliophile editions accompanied by photographic prints.