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When Photographs Take Over an Entire City

Vevey in Switzerland has been transformed

Festival Images Vevey is on until October 2 in Switzerland, transforming Vevey into a literal “city of images.” The festival comprises of 75 projects from 15 countries and have custom-made installations in the unlikeliest of places including monumental facades, advertising boards, parks and gardens, fountains and lakes.

Visitors get to gaze at quirky projects including photographer Guido Mocafico’s underwater exhibition “Blaschka” at Lake Geneva that shows a reproduction of a jellyfish. Martin Parr’s “You and Martin are a Pa (I) rr” exhibition lets visitors immerse themselves in iconic sceneries throughout the world that depict the irony and absurdity of daily life through a green screen. Visitors can also travel around the world in 80 selfies as well as take a peek into North Korea through a 3-D wall and float in the waves of Mount Fuji. Historical enthusiasts will be able to rediscover photos of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, immerse themselves in 1930s crime scenes and attend a casting to find the next Jesus Christ.

Festival Images Vevey is also holding a tribute to the Monteux Jazz festival celebrating its 50th anniversary at La Ferblanterie. This section includes the projects of Cyril Hatt (Le Picotin) and Swiss photographer Yann Gross whose photos of David Bowie, B.B. King’s guitar and a contract signed by Miles Davis appear in the book 50 Summers of Music. Grammy award-winning indie rock band OK GO will also have an exhibition at La Ferblanterie, displaying their unique and vivid music videos they’ve become known for over the years.

Other notable photographers expected to showcase their work in the festival are Hans-Peter Feldmann, Pierre et Gilles, Graciela Iturbide, Guido Mocafico, Alec Soth, Christian Patterson, Mat Collishaw, Stephen Gill and Christian Jankowski.

Bianca Silva is a contributor to TIME LightBox. Follow her on Twitter.

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