The Collections

The Musée de l’Elysée houses a unique collection covering the entire history of photographic art and its most diverse aspects. 

Conserving, documenting and promoting photography are some of the museum’s primary missions. Its collections comprise almost a million prints, negatives, contact sheets and slides as well as a large number of albums. The Musée de l’Elysée showcases and manages major collections from world-renowned photographers such as Mario Giacomelli, Gilles Caron, Geraldo de Barros and Pieter Hugo and Swiss photographers including Paul Vionnet, Constant Delessert, Hans Steiner and Jean Mohr.

Thanks to its expertise, the museum is also internationally recognized for its management of complete photographic holdings. Its collections are enriched from year to year with acquisitions, loans and donations such as the Ella Maillart collection, the Nicolas Bouvier collection, the Charles Chaplin archives, the Marcel Imsand collection and the René Burri collection.

The Musée de l’Elysée is also committed to encouraging young contemporary creation, and supports various artists either over the long term or for specific projects.


Collections Photographers

The Musée de l’Elysée collections include prints covering a wide variety of photographic processes from the 19th to the 21st century, from daguerreotypes to digital prints.

Photographers in the Collections


Photographic Archives

Acclaimed for managing complete photographic holdings, the Musée de l’Elysée conserves and showcases the works it has been entrusted with and often also manages copyrights. The prints, negatives, contact sheets and other types of document are carefully studied, catalogued, digitalized and restored to create rich and complete archives.

Photographic archives

Viewing and images requests

Due to the temporary closure of the Museum between October 2020 and October 2021 and the work required to move the works in the collections, all requests for research, loans or reproductions of images for publication are suspended as of May 6, 2019.

We will be happy to meet your needs again in our offices at PLATEFORME 10 starting at the end of May 2022. We thank you very much for your understanding.

To find out more about the building site of the collections and the museum's move to PLATEFORME 10.