About

Address
 
Centre de la Photographie Genève
Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain
28, rue des Bains
CH – 1205 Genève
T: + 41 22 329 28 35
Email: cpg@centrephotogeneve.ch
 

Access
 
Publics transportation
Bus 1 — stop at Ecole-de-Médecine
Tram 13 / 15 — stop at Place du Cirque
Tram 12 — stop at Rond-Point de Plainpalais
Public parking : Plainpalais
 

Accessibility
 
The CPG is accessible to people with reduced mobility, a bell is placed at the entrance to the building, rue des Bains 28, for any request for assistance. For the visually impaired, the texts of the exhibitions are available at reception in large print with improved contrast. For people sensitive to noise and the environment (autistic people, social anxiety, etc.), it is possible to visit the exhibition outside visiting hours on request (Tuesday-Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.). Do not hesitate to contact the CPG team for any request related to accessibility issues.
 
 

Schedule
 
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00 – 18:00
 

Fees
 
Normal 5 CHF
Reduced 3 CHF
AVS, AI, students, apprentices, artists, Card “20 ans/20 francs” and groups of 10
Free
Under 18 years old; Members of the Centre of Photography Geneva, the Amamco, the Centre of Contemporary Art; specialized students (photography, art history, fine arts, decorative arts) and journalists.
Free the first Sunday of the month.
 

Team
 
Direction : Danaé Panchaud
Administration :  Marco Dos Santos Oliveira and Sabine Ray from September 1, 2022
Coordination and communication : Claus Gunti
Technical : Vanessa Bianchini
Reception : Murat Aysan, Denise Carneiro Soares, Ibrahima Diop
 

History

The Centre de la photographie Genève (CPG) is a research laboratory into new forms of presenting and thinking about the photography of today in an institutional setting.

The CPG was founded by 11 Genevan photographers in 1984 to champion photography as one of the fine arts. Today, now that the historical avant-gardes and the new avant-gardes have taken up photography and it has become an integral part of contemporary art, the focus has shifted. In the course of the last 20 years, major work relating to historical context and theory has been carried out with regard to all photographic practices, putting vernacular photography at the forefront. With the standardisation of photography driven by digital technology, the functioning of our consumer societies is no longer conceivable without it. It is this new situation that makes a place for thought devoted specifically to photography necessary.

Since 2001 the CPG has therefore been developing an interest in all kinds of means of producing, disseminating and presenting photography while at the same time increasing its number of lectures, colloquiums and publications. This new stance has been developed with the “documentary style” and “Visual Culture” as its main themes, in constant dialogue with the other arts.

Every year the CPG stages an average of four to seven solo or thematic exhibitions, as well as one or two extramural ones. Since 2007 it has published between two and four books a year with its own publishing house, Éditions Centre de la photographie Genève, and since 2014 the books have been distributed by Les presses du réel.

The CPG has organised the 50JPG (50 Jours pour la photographie à Genève) photography triennial since 2003, in collaboration with over 30 museums, art centres, galleries, libraries and fringe venues in Geneva and the surrounding area. Since 2007 when it moved into the Bâtiment d’art contemporain (BAC) where the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (Mamco) and the Centre d’art Contemporain are also located, the CPG has been the third protagonist in the contemporary art scene in Geneva.


Association Committee
 
Charles Pictet, Président
Stéphanie Barbey
Renaud de Planta
Guillaume de Sardes
Pauline Gygax
Aurélie Pétrel
Nathalie Rodach
Sylvie Vautier Picasso
 

Imprint
 
Art Direction : NASK
Development : Fragment.in

Library
 
The Centre de la photographie Genève has a collection of monographic photography books, artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, photography and photography history reviews, as well as introductory and summary works. With around 2,800 books, the library covers very broadly the history of Swiss and international “artistic” photographic practices, as well as the activity of photographic publishing, from the major historical publishers (Steidl or Schirmer & Mosel) to specialized contemporary publishers (Patrick Frey or RGB). Recent acquisitions are part of the CPG’s desire to map current scenes outside the historically best-represented cultural spheres (Europe, Americas and Japan).

 

 

The library is currently being indexed and will eventually be accessible to the public (on-site consultation by appointment).