Oliver Stegmann

I was born in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. Since my late teen years, photography has become a key medium for me to express myself. Professionally, however, I took a different path, studying economics and now working in a management position. I’m married and a father of two lovely daughters.
On many trips to different continents, I have continuously worked on improving my skills as a photographer and on developing my own visual language. I participated in various workshops of well-known photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Anders Petersen or Ernesto Bazan.
Until 2007 I photographed exclusively with black-and-white film and made all prints in my own darkroom. In 2005, I started scanning the negatives, editing them in Photoshop and creating fine art prints. Two years later, I started to use also digital cameras.
My long-term project on circuses behind the scenes is planned to be published as a photo book in 2021. My other on-going personal project is to document the childhood years of my children.

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Werner Bischof

Werner Bischof was born in Switzerland. He studied photography with Hans Finsler in his native Zurich at the School for Arts and Crafts, then opened a photography and advertising studio. In 1942, he became a freelancer for Du magazine, which published his first major photo essays in 1943. Bischof received international recognition after the publication of his 1945 reportage on the devastation caused by the Second World War. In the years that followed, Bischof traveled in Italy and Greece for Swiss Relief, an organization dedicated to post-war reconstruction. In 1948, he photographed the Winter Olympics in St Moritz for LIFE magazine. After trips to Eastern Europe, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, he worked for Picture Post, The Observer, Illustrated, and Epoca. He was the first photographer to join Magnum with the founding members in 1949. Disliking the ‘superficiality and sensationalism’ of the magazine business, he devoted much of his working life to looking for order and tranquility in traditional culture, something that did not endear him to picture editors looking for hot topical material. Nonetheless, he found himself sent to report on the famine in India by Life magazine (1951), and he went on to work in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Indochina. The images from these reportages were used in major picture magazines throughout the world. In the autumn of 1953, Bischof created a series of expansively composed color photographs of the USA. The following year he traveled throughout Mexico and Panama, and then on to a remote part of Peru, where he was engaged in making a film. Tragically, Bischof died in a road accident in the Andes on 16 May 1954, only nine days before Magnum founder Robert Capa lost his life in Indochina.

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Based near Lausanne on the shores of Leman Lake, Christian Coigny has for the past 30 years developed a career in traditional black and white photography in parallel to his work in publicity and fashion. He works primarily with film. His work is anchored in a classical education and strongly influenced by American painters such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe or Andrew Wyeth, who he discovered during his 5-year stay in San Francisco. Very rapidly, important brands called him to transpose his personal mark onto their advertising campaigns. The poster advertising campaign for the department store Bon Genie Grieder, between 1975 and 1985 marked his return from the United States. His book of portraits of local artists earned him the Vitra «Celebrities» Campaign. Other photographic projects include work for clients such as Hermès, Krug Champagnes, Ferretti yachts and Hublot watches, and for many years he has participated in the creation of catalogues and of publicity campaigns for Chopard jewelers of Geneva.
He now devotes most of his time to his personal work whilst exhibiting at various galleries and museums in Europe.

 

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Marco Paoluzzo

Born in Bienne (Switzerland), in 1949
Schools in Bienne, Fribourg and Lausanne
1977-80 School for photography in Vevey (Switzerland)
1981-96 Working as a freelance photographer for advertising and industry
Since 1996 Travel photography as a freelance photographer

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Chris Simpson

CHRIS SIMPSON Born in 1952 in Zurich, raised in Africa and Mauritius. His unique way of seeing was influenced by the exoticism of the natural world around him. Simpson’s photographs, with their clean lines and uncluttered compositions, exemplify his innate understanding of the simplicity of natural beauty and form.

Educated in the UK and trained at art school in London in the early 1970s, his internship at Vogue Studios with David Bailey, Clive Arrowsmith and Olivero Toscani convinced him that his initial path was fashion.

He spent the next 20 years as a fashion photographer, living in both Paris and London. In the late 1980s, he was shooting high-profile advertising campaigns for British Airways, Mercedes-Benz, Bacardi Rum, Stella Artois and the Australian Tourist Board, taking time off between commissions to shoot pictures for himself.

1987 marked a turning point in his career when he travelled to the Northern Territory in Australia to photograph the Aboriginal people. The pictures he brought back, portraying the timeless, dreamlike quality of the land and the warmth and dignity of the people, were exhibited to great acclaim. That success ultimately led him to devote more of his time to taking his own pictures.

His globetrotting has taken him from remote regions such as the Atacama Desert and Easter Island, to the Himba tribe of Namibia and tobacco farmers in Cuba. His trip to Madagascar in 1997 resulted in many inspirational pictures, one of them being his signature picture Allée des Baobabs. At every location, he brilliantly captures the very essence and character of the landscape, the people and the atmosphere.

Chris Simpson


CHRIS SIMPSON Born in 1952 in Zurich, raised in Africa and Mauritius. His unique way of seeing was influenced by the exoticism of the natural world around him. Simpson’s photographs, with their clean lines and uncluttered compositions, exemplify his innate understanding of the simplicity of natural beauty and form.


Educated in the UK and trained at art school in London in the early 1970s, his internship at Vogue Studios with David Bailey, Clive Arrowsmith and Olivero Toscani convinced him that his initial path was fashion.


He spent the next 20 years as a fashion photographer, living in both Paris and London. In the late 1980s, he was shooting high-profile advertising campaigns for British Airways, Mercedes-Benz, Bacardi Rum, Stella Artois and the Australian Tourist Board, taking time off between commissions to shoot pictures for himself.


1987 marked a turning point in his career when he travelled to the Northern Territory in Australia to photograph the Aboriginal people. The pictures he brought back, portraying the timeless, dreamlike quality of the land and the warmth and dignity of the people, were exhibited to great acclaim. That success ultimately led him to devote more of his time to taking his own pictures.


His globetrotting has taken him from remote regions such as the Atacama Desert and Easter Island, to the Himba tribe of Namibia and tobacco farmers in Cuba. His trip to Madagascar in 1997 resulted in many inspirational pictures, one of them being his signature picture Allée des Baobabs. At every location, he brilliantly captures the very essence and character of the landscape, the people and the atmosphere.

Apocryphes, Olivier Christinat

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Michel Comte

 

 


For decades Michel Comte has been shooting protagonists from the world of art, film and entertainment. However, he does not only take photos – perhaps more than any other artist Comte understands the art of capturing the beauty of the moment by choosing the perfect angle and light intensity. Leaving nothing to chance it is his attention to detail and meticulous approach that creates the enchanting atmosphere underlying his art work.

Michael Wolgensinger

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Anywhere but here, Alison McCauley

These images attempt to express the restless feeling that the place I’m in isn’t where I should be and that the next location will be better. The geographical and temporal reference points in the photographs are blurred because the work isn’t about the location or time, but about a state-of-mind. The work comes from reality, but it’s a reality that’s distorted by subjectivity. It’s an expression of my state of mind during these restless off-moments.

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René Groebli

Réne Groebli was born in Zurich, Switzerland. In the 1940s he studied under the noted photographer, Hans Finsler. In 1949 he secured his place among European post-war artists with his iconic portfolio Magic of the Rail. By the early 1950s, Groebli was working as a photographer for Life, Picture Post and other international magazines and participated in the first Subjektive Fototgraphie exhibition in Saarbrüken. In 1955, he was included in the Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. In subsequent years, the artist opened a studio for industrial and advertising photography, and continued his personal work through the present day. In 1999, the Zurich Kunsthaus Art Museum showed a retrospective of his photographs from the years 1946 to 1996. Groebli currently resides in Switzerland.

Rebels, Karlheinz Weinberger

My life, said Karlheinz Weinberger in a 2000 interview on the occasion of his first major exhibition at the Museum of Design Zurich, started Friday evenings and ended Monday mornings. During the week, he was employed as a warehouse manager at the Siemens factory in Oerlikon, where he worked from 1955 until his retirement in 1986. He lived his whole life in the same apartment building. He moved only once, after the death of his mother, and then only from the second to the fourth floor.

Only with the aid of his camera, which he focused on the unusual, was he able to break free from the day-to-day monotony. He even had “Fotograf für das Ungewöhnliche” [Photographer of the Unusual] printed on his business card.

He made his first foray into photography as a high school student, with a so-called “Fünfliber-Kamera,” a small Agfa box camera that cost five Francs.

His subject was always man and his body: He openly photographed the shirtless workingmen in Zürich and, later, Southern Europe. Many of these photographs of young men were published under the pseudonym Jim in the international homophile magazine “Der Kreis [The Circle].”

In 1958, Karlheinz Weinberger discovered the ultimate “unusuals” in the Halbstarken, a group of young people that opposed assimilation and rebelled against the mainstream. They wore jeans, called “Bluejeans” then in Switzerland, rare for the time, which they embellished with studs, giant belt buckles and patches. They idolized Elvis Presley and James Dean and the clique became their universe. The Halbstarken, litterally the half-strong, established Switzerland’s first underground youth culture.

Karlheinz Weinberger photographed the Halbstarken with a Rolleiflex 2.8. In his apartment on the Elisabethenstraße, the kids could meet and listen to loud music. This astounding series, made in the years 1958 and 1963, is a collection of extraordinary portraits of the rebel youth in a post-war Switzerland in full economic expansion.

When the Halbstark movement broke apart, some of kids became bikers and formed motorcycle clubs. Karlheinz Weinberger followed them to their camps; he was invited to take part in club nights, rocker weddings, and even funerals.

These dropouts also found a retreat in Karlheinz Weinberger’s apartment, a refuge where no police, girlfriends, or gang members followed. There they could drink and smoke in freedom.

He also entertained in his apartment, in often-weekly sessions, certain men who he photographed over the years. The resulting series of photographs recall extraordinary rituals. In borderline mystic rites, men pulled out and masturbated while Karlheinz Weinberger endlessly photographed them.

These series of thousands of slides and color negatives, produced from the time of his retirement until his death in 2006, are especially intense. These near ritualistic sessions have a spiritual power that portray the pleasure, suffering, and aging of the male physique.

Most publications and exhibitions of Karlheinz Weinberger have heretofore primarily focused on the Halbstarken and Bikers. Thanks to meticulous recent archival work by the Estate, previously unknown works are now going to find an audience. In particular, early works as well as a selection from his final intense creative phase will be presented publicly here for the first time.

Esther Woerdehoff

Stefan Rappo

 

Stefan Rappo is the photographer of emotion. He creates refined and understated images free of embellishment or sophisticated staging. A return to the natural state and the primacy of emotions. With a cinematic allure, his images are like short films, silent and poetic – odes to women. Most striking is the calm and serenity. The spectator, although held at a distance, infiltrates the intimacy of the play, a huis-clos where the palpable tensions play off each other to create a narration.

At 30 years of age, Stefan Rappo left Switzerland and his job as a designer and constructor of heavy forestry equipment to pursue studies in a photography school in the south of France. He worked as a photo assistant for Camilla Akrans and Bruno Aveillan, and then for Peter Lindbergh, with whom he has worked for more than five years now. In parallel he works on his personal projects including staged cinematic photo-stories, female nudes, as well as more commercial work.

His shoots are meticulously planned, but once on set he gives free reign to spontaneity and liberty. Thus the essential elements and the emotions coalesce, creating life.

Philippe Guédon, Normal Magazine

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Athena Carey

Athena Carey is a fine art photographer living in Geneva Switzerland.

Her interest in photography was sparked at age nine, when her parents sent her abroad to visit her godparents with a small point & shoot camera. In the many years since then, she has moved on through many cameras, various photographic genres, and different medias. She has had her work published in books and magazines and won international awards for her landscape photography.

To share her love of photography, Athena teaches courses locally and offers workshops around the world.

Olivier Föllmi

Olivier Föllmi is a French-Swiss photographer born in 1958 in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois. He’s particularly known for his pictures of the Himalayas, especially Zanzkar, Tibet and its people. He married Danielle Föllmi in 1984, with whom he adopted two Tibetan and two Zanskaris children.
Having received a travel scholarship, went to Afghanistan at age 17. A year later, in 1976, discovered the Zanskar region. In 1988 he took over, along with his wife, two sons of a peasant couple Zanskar to take them to the nearest school, in Leh Ladakh. They spent 14 days in the deep canyon of the river Zanskar in winter. “Frozen River” tells the story of the trip that was also the subject of a photographic award in 1989 with the World Press Photo.
He was also selected in the festival of the image Visa in Perpignan, in 1999, for his reportage “Workers of the Himalayas”. He has performed around the world reporting for Life magazine, Paris Match, Geo, National Geographic, Grand Reportage, Stern, Epoca and Aérone.
Along with his wife Danielle and their four adopted children they recount their lives in the Himalayas, from 1998 to 2008 in the documentary “The fate of Föllmi”.
He has published more than 30 books with his collections of photographs.

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Gérard Musy

Born in Switzerland in 1959, Gérard Musy received in 1986 his bachelor’s degree for an art history thesis on photographer Robert Frank. He currently lives in Paris working on commercial and personal projects. His clients include Armani, Paco Rabanne and other fashion labels, and his work is published in international magazines such as Vanity Fair, Harper‘s Bazaar and Skin Two. He has received several awards, including two Swiss Federal Grants, and his pictures are found among the collections of the Bibliotéque Nationale de France, the Swiss Foundation for Photography in Winterthur and the Museum de L’Elysée in Lausanne.

Steeve Iunker

Press photographer (he works part-time for a daily newspaper), Steeve Iunker tirelessly questions the role(s) of photography and of the image in the fields of information and documentary today in a radical and political way. What’s the point of being aware of everything happening in the world – at least potentially – when we like to think we are in the immediacy of transmission? What’s the point of promoting the fixed image? How can we find our place in our history, in our stories? Which mechanisms can we set, from the shooting to the shapes and the use, to be if not right, at least relevant? These are the basic questions which establish and weave a constantly evolving work, set out to precisely design its duties, its relationship to the text, its principles (or absence) of narration, its menace to the glance, to voyeurism, to convention. It is also a work which aims to get close to the taboos relating to the body, to sex, to death and to the standard social conception of big issues that affect human thought. Either he stays with an Aids patient in the terminal phase, he represents the professional life of an old prostitute, he confronts himself with the crisis in Gaza, he stores images of celebrities adorned with diamonds at Cannes Festival, discovers the backstage area of a fashion show, follows the police while investigating on crimes, or reveals the astounding world of plastic surgery, Steeve Iunker doesn’t chase icons. He shows. In a realistic, free and salutary way. Even if it might seem provocative or shocking. He only wants us to agree to see. To be responsible and clear-sighted.

Christian Caujolle

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