Joseph Herbet Documentation Centre
Admission fee Mine + Documentation Centre:
- full price € 8.00
- children 6 /12 years and groups of at least 20 people paying full price ticket: € 5.00
- children under 5 years: free admission
In the final years of the 19th century, Joseph Herbet was the director of the “Fenilliaz and Chamousira gold mines” under the employment of the English “Evançon Gold Mining Company”.
He became a photography aficionado in those years. He used his 13×18 folding view camera to take portraits of people, families. He photographed places as well and, above all, he captured the mine-related activities that took place in the areas of Brusson and Challand. A portion of his work can be admired at this permanent exhibition.
Photography is an extraordinary tool that is capable of telling us the story of the bygone days. Herbet’s photos offer vivid evidence of the dramatic change in the landscape and the local community during the 20th century.
The Documentation Centre is located in Brusson’s Laghetto area.
Visitors must drive along the road leading to Estoul in order to visit the “Chamousira mine”. After 4 kilometres there is a road sign indicating the first footpath (a 15 minute walk) to the mine’s entrance (guided tour).