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Galerie Strates Association : Philippe Pache : La Fin du Calvaire…


In the spring of 1992, I took over the premises of my new studio, at Chemin du Calvaire number 3 in Lausanne. A fully equipped darkroom, where I did not take into account the thousands of hours spent developing films and making prints. It was often at night, I liked the nights in the dark room, isolated from the world to better reveal the emotions in the transparency of the negatives and project them on the silver paper.

The premises were vast, but quickly invaded over the years by so many new images piled up, between dance photos for Béjart or the Prix de Lausanne, and above all boxes and boxes of personal photos were piled up, being first a photographer for pleasure and passion, before trade.

Although enjoying a very beautiful natural light, the one that I love above all, my workshop was never a studio because the space was too cluttered with furniture and bookcases accommodating the countless photo books acquired over the years…

Having to vacate the premises after 30 years, I suddenly dreamed of taking advantage of this empty place, to finally benefit from the beautiful light, which I had not been able to enjoy during all these years. Benefiting from a time extension welcomed as a gift from heaven, almost every day I invited models, new faces, like old ones, whom I found with emotion in front of my lens years later, even when 20 or 36 years older more for some important models, with whom the friendly bond had remained intact.

This exhibition is a tribute to these luminous sharings during these few weeks, tens of thousands of photos, full of small and great happiness…

Philippe Pache, January 2022


Philippe Pache : La Fin du Calvaire
Until September 18, 2022
Galerie Strates Association
Rue de la Borde 12
Lausanne, Switzerland


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