The chronological development of the cameras and the photography in Mauritius is shown.
It starts with one of the first photographs which have immense cameras that have been used 150 years ago, and leads to cameras which already look similar to todays analog cameras.
Among the exhibits you will discover a petrol operated projector, a precursor of the television, used around 1870 in Mauritius, a Gaumont stereoscopic apparatus and projectors used in cinema halls in 1913.
Situated in a backstreet in the centre of Port Louis almost facing the old theatre, a little sign shows the way to a collection of inestimable value: the only Photography Museum in Mauritius and the surrounding islands. This private collection can be found next to a little romantic garden in a historical, shuttered cottage. When entering, the little bell at the door rings and lets Madame Marie Noelle Bréville come out of the archives to extend a warm and personal welcome to every visitor.
From an early age, the established photographer Tristan Bréville has been fascinated by photography. Together with his wife Marie Noelle he has been doing research all over the world and has been purchasing those little pieces of Mauritian history to save them from oblivion. Their collection consists of more than 1 Million negatives, more than 5000 glass negatives, 30 danguerrotypes, 9000 postcards and more than 1000 cameras. But the most important thing is meeting a family who has spared no effort to preserve the memory of their country.