Portfolio review

The Musée de l’Elysée organizes a quarterly portfolio review allowing photographers to discuss their work with a specialist from the museum. These review sessions are open to all photographers upon registration regardless of their photographic method or image treatment.

Portfolio Review Process

Daniel Girardin, Anne Lacoste, Pauline Martin, and Caroline Recher will welcome photographers individually to discuss their work for 20 minutes, between 10am and 12pm, at the museum. The photographers will meet with only one specialist from the Musée de l’Elysée, selected by the Musée de l’Elysée at the availability of the reviewers. There will be a maximum of thirty participating photographers each session.

Projections Screenings

Twice a year, the best works from the portfolio reviews will be featured in a public screening at the Musée de l’Elysée. On this occasion, each of the selected photographers will be invited to give a ten minute presentation of their work.

Conditions for Participation

Participation in the portfolio reviews is free for holders of the Elysée membership card. Photographers, who do not wish to become a member, can participate in the portfolio review sessions for a charge of 15 francs—this includes museum admission, coffee, and a croissant.

Photographers may present their images in either paper form, or digitally.

The Musée de l’Elysée is not responsible for the return of materials submitted during the portfolio review. Photographers involved will be asked to leave a CD of digital images to be presented during the review, and a current resume. If selected to participate in one of the bi-annual screenings, materials will be kept by the Musée de l’Elysée and presented only with the prior agreement of the artist.

Photographers chosen for a screening will be contacted by the Musée de l’Elysée one month before the event. Photographers who have not been selected will be not contacted.

Portfolio reviews are purely advisory. The Musée de l’Elysée does not commit itself to buy, exhibit, or conserve all or part of a portfolio presented.  

Photographers may only register for one portfolio review per year.

Applications and portfolios sent by mail or electronically will not be taken into account.

Practical Recommendations

Interviews are limited to 20 minutes per photographer; here are some tips to help prepare in advance to make the most of the review.
- For digital presentation: Edit images beforehand. Recommended resolution: 300 DPI
- For prints: Maximum recommended format 180 x 100 cm
- Sort photos by series
- Make a limited selection of images to present
- Prepare a clear and concise presentation of your relevant work and personal experiences


A number of hotels in Lausanne offer special rates to visitors of the Musée de l’Elysée. Photographers interested in more information on these locations and rates should please contact Madame Cécile Ulrich. (contact information on the right).

Opening hours

The Musée de l’Elysee will open at 9:30 am on the days of a portfolio review.

Each photographer will receive a detailed letter to confirm of his/her participation by fax or email.


Dates 2014

13 February 2014 : Screening I
14 February 2014 : Portfolio Review
02 May 2014 : Portfolio Review
02 September 2014 : Screening II
03 September 2014 : Portfolio Review
12 December 2014 : Portfolio Review


Registration to the next session : registration from

Contact information

Cécile Ulrich
Responsable accueil et événements
18, avenue de l’Elysée
CH - 1014 Lausanne

T + 41 21 316 99 11
F + 41 21 316 96 95