On September 15 and 16, 2023, Images Vevey and Photo Elysée join forces to organize the 2nd edition of Booklette, a fair bringing together Swiss and international photographic book publishers, created in 2022 by Images Vevey.

The equation is simple and convivial: Books + Raclette = Booklette, which will now take place on even-numbered years in Vevey and on odd-numbered years in Lausanne.

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Interview with Debi Cornwall

"How do we make sense of life in a violent country? How do performances and fictions and playing roles help us either make sense of our violent culture or justify the violence or distract ourselves from it?"

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This is Photo Elysée !

Thank you all for making this first year in our new building so extraordinary.

Your presence, curiosity and commitment to photography in all its forms have fueled our motivation and passion throughout the year. We can't wait to see what's next!

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The Jan Groover exhibition makes a stop in San Sebastian

The exhibition Jan Groover. Laboratoire des formes, presented at Photo Elysée from September 18, 2019 to January 5, 2020, opens its doors in San Sebastian, at the Kutxa Kultur Artegunea, from July 21 to November 12,2023.

Photo Elysée, which regularly presents exhibitions abroad, has just successfully closed the doors on its exhibition dedicated to photographer René Burri at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei, attracting over 150,000 visitors. The Jan Groover exhibition has already traveled to the MAMbo Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (2021-2022) and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris (2022-2023).

The exhibition looks back at the entire body of work of Jan Groover (1943-2012), an American-born artist whose photographic holdings joined the Photo Elysée collections in 2017. For almost forty years, Jan Groover developed his work across two continents, from his hometown of Plainfield in New Jersey to Montpon-Ménestérol in France, where his last studio was located, while maintaining New York as a constant center of gravity.

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Summer in the shop!

Playing Jass on a colorful cloth on Bellerive beach; writing postcards to your loved ones from the mountains; introducing your children to design and photography in the shade of palm trees: whatever your summer activities, we've got you covered.

See you at the mudac Photo Elysée's shop!

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A committed summer program

Embracing the present, Photo Elysée is giving pride of place to a new generation of socially and politically engaged female artists, the rising stars of the contemporary international arts scene. Each of them pores over the media and picks out images to examine the stereotypes of our patriarchal society.

Nowadays, photography circulates on various media, from paper to screens. We decided to put the printed page at the heart of our programme. Photo Elysée houses a collection of almost 25,000 photography books. Currently still closed to the public, some of the library's content will be revealed this summer through a brand new exhibition. The public is invited to browse these books through an interactive digital tool produced with the EPFL+ECAL Lab.

The reason we are showing our collection of books is that many artists are expressing a keen interest in the printed page. This interest can be seen in works produced using photos found in, and cut out of books, magazines, and other printed material. This is the case for Spanish artist Laia Abril, who has been invited by Photo Elysée to present her latest research on mass hysteria – a new chapter in her vast project History of Misogyny. It’s also true of American artist Carmen Winant, who has added to our library a selection of feminist books. Like Laia Abril, she produces her work by deconstructing and collecting found images, which she then arranges intuitively. In the series exhibited here, she superimposes birth images onto pages of the New York Times. In Winant’s work, pictures and words collide, devoid of order, narration or linear sequence.

In this feminist, activist line-up, Photo Elysée unveils the work of American photographer Debi Cornwall, winner of the 2023 Prix Elysée, one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards that was launched in 2014 with our partner Parmigiani Fleurier. In this series, which is still in progress, the artist decodes society’s images in the age of fake news, and examines the role of photography in the blurry line between truth and fiction. In Debi Cornwall’s work, photography becomes a tool for political analysis.

Lastly, Photo Elysée has invited Lausanne photographer Jagoda Wisniewska to team up with Chilean performer Tamara Alegre, invited by the performing arts centre Arsenic. This exhibition can be seen in the Signal L, a space funded by the Leenaards Foundation where the Plateforme 10 museums take turns to invite artists from the region in partnership with local cultural institutions. Although Jagoda Wisniewska’s work focuses on the sensuality of the body, it is nonetheless also a politicised body.

Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Photo Elysée

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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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