The Project Vedos crew (that is Pirkko and Jalo ūüėČ ) was taveling in Europe for almost two weeks, hoping to visit some museums/collections of alternative photography. Here we have some pictures from that tour via Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.
In Lausanne we visited Mus√©e de l’Elys√©e, on an attractive site near the Lake Geneva. Links to their exhibitions at the time of our visit:
We happened to be in Vevey on a day of rain and thunder, in late February, but generally speaking the weather was warm and springlike, due to the gentle f√∂hn wind prevailing.
The Swiss Camera Museum (Musee Suisse de l’Appareil Photographique) is a fantastic little museum, with a great collection of cameras, photographic equipment, and photographs made with different techniques.
Mus√©e Nic√©phore Ni√©pce is set on a riverbank in Chalon-sur-Sa√īne, province of Burgundy, France. The museum is totally dedicated to photography, its history, its practice and uses.
Cologne and Essen, Germany
In Cologne there are a few interesting places for those wishing to explore vintage photography and photographic prints. During our stay there we visited Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, and Museum Ludwig.
At the Museum Ludwig there was a new gallery for photography – Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection. We saw some interesting images there, like salted paper portraits from calotype negatives by Hill & Adamson, from 1843-47, and bromoil and oil prints by Hugo Erfurth…
The Museum Folkwang in Essen had just moved to a brand new building (we didn’t very much like its architecture, btw). Except for being one of the most important museums of modern art in Germany, they have a very nice collection of photography and alternative processes. Parts of their collection can be viewed online too…
Amsterdam and The Hague, Holland
In Amsterdam we went to see the exhibitions of the FOAM (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam) — not any alt-photo prints there, however, but an extensive show of Alexander Rodchenko‘s work…
At the end of the journey we had a visit to the Hague Museum of Photography, and had a chance to see a very nice special collection from the University of Leiden. The university has both the oldest and the largest museum photography collection in the country, telling the whole story of the emergence and development of photography. Some interesting work there, such as Harm Botman‘s large gum prints, Onnes Kurkdjian‘s collodion POP, and photogravures by Edward Curtis and Edward Steichen, carbon prints by Jacob Merkelbach, Berend Zweers and Franz Ziegler…
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