A discovery: approx. 1’250 glass negatives dating from the period between 1910 and 1925 that had resisted the ravages of time in the archive of the Swiss picture agency Keystone. While the quality of these photographs was known, the conditions under which they were taken were largely obscure. Now, thanks to in-depth research, a new […]
With her highly original and at times provocative practice, Viviane Sassen is one of Europe’s most exciting photographers. In and Out of Fashion is the first full retrospective of her fashion work, showing a selection of more than 300 photographs from the past seventeen years. Sassen is celebrated for breaking free from many of the […]
Iren Stehli – So Near, Yet So Far
8 March – 25 May 2014
Iren Stehli (born 1953 in Zurich) has been engaging with everyday life in the Czech Republic since the early 1970s in the form of photographic essays in which she weaves her photographs into dense fabrics, while at the same time
examining the changing social reality.
Robert Adams – The Place We Live is a major retrospective by America’s foremost living landscape photographer. Featuring around 240 works spanning Adams’s 45-year career, the exhibition casts a forensic eye over the rapidly changing geography of the American West. On the one hand, the photographer’s pictures reveal mankind’s increasingly tragic relationship with the natural […]
Deposit – Yann Mingard
How does our secular society manage its heritage and, with that, its future? By collecting and archiving data with near-religious zeal: human DNA in the form of slivers of umbilical cord, dental samples and sperm, DNA of animals already extinct in the wild, the seeds of all manner of (agricultural) plants. And, of course, vast quantities of digital data that we leave behind on the big data pathways of the internet, credit card statements and official registers. From 2009 to 2013, Swiss photographer Yann Mingard (*1973) documented this avid pursuit of collection and storage in images that raise many of the unasked but pressing questions of our time.
James Welling – Autograph
James Welling (*1951) is an artist whose work occupies the grey areas between painting, sculpture, and traditional photography. For over 40 years his work has addressed the theme of representation and abstraction in the visual image. By critics, artists, and collectors alike he is considered a central figure in international contemporary photography. In addition to presenting Welling’s documentary oriented work, which follows the tradition of classical artistic photography, as exemplified by the work of Paul Strand, the exhibition Autograph also includes his abstract photograms, which recall works by avant-garde artists, such as Moholy-Nagy, Christian Schad, and Man Ray.
Emil Schulthess – A Retrospective Exhibition
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
7 September 2013 – 23 February 2014
Emil Schulthess (1913-1996) is one of the classics of post-war Swiss photography, whose monumental illustrated volumes on Africa, China or the Soviet Union became international bestsellers. Schulthess gained fame in the 1970s as the inventor of the aerial panorama.
Adieu la Suisse!
8 June to 25 August 2013
Sublime summits, delightful lakes, peaceful valleys – the classical image of the Swiss landscape was shaped by photography at a very early stage. What has become of that landscape? In its current exhibition “Adieu la Suisse!” the Fotostiftung Schweiz tracks down objective changes not only in the reality, but also in our view of the Swiss landscape. The deconstruction of former photographic myths has given rise to new contemporary views of Switzerland.
We still have little inclination to rid our minds of old images of an untouched Swiss landscape.
Lewis Hine – Photography for a Change
The American photographer, sociologist, and teacher Lewis Hine considered his work a means of promoting a better world. Hine ardently wished that Americans would become conscious of the injustice of American labor laws.
Concrete – Photography and Architecture
March 2 – May 20, 2013
What ideologies live in a single family home? How do settlements grow into cities? Why is the interrelation between life and work in Zurich and Winterthur different from that in Shanghai? How can sculptural high-rises and living spaces be translated into the two-dimensional world of photography?
Andreas Seibert. Huai He – The Colors of Growth
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
27 October 2012 to 17 February 2013
Following his highly-regarded work on the life of Chinese itinerant labourers (From Somewhere to Nowhere – China’s Internal Migrants, 2008), the Tokyo-based Swiss photographer Andreas Seibert addressed a new politically-charged theme.
Amar Kanwar – Evidence
Two pivotal events in 1984 impacted Amar Kanwar’s early years as a student. One was the orchestrated killings of Sikhs in Delhi after Indira Gandhi’s assassination on 31 October 1984. The other was the Bhopal disaster on 3 December of the same year, when toxic gas escaped from a pesticide plant owned by the American company Union Carbide, killing several thousand people and injuring hundreds of thousands more.