Week 19-21

Sep 18, 2016

For the past weekend I've been at Festival Images de Vevey, Switzerland. The festival is Switzerland's first visual arts biennale and I had the pleasure to present Camera Restricta.

Images presents photography exhibitions scatttered over the city of Vevey. What makes the festival great is that they've gone well beyond displaying photos on Gallery walls, but sensitively integrate them into the cityscape: on large-scale prints that cover entire facades, in hotel rooms, underwater, outdoors, in trees, etc. Often, a photo will be so well placed that the image or series is enhanced considerably by the surroundings. I was very impressed and had a wonderful time with the super-friendly staff! Images is still on until October 2, 2016.

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Image: Martin Parr, Think of Switzerland, 2012 / Courtesy Nicola von Senger

During the weekend, I discovered several impressive photographs that I'd like to share now (and maybe next week):

Firstly, there's Simon Roberts, whose series The Last Moment very much relates to my own interests in that it investigates amateur photography in public spaces.

Another project that really impressed me was BYE BYE by Michael Schirmer. He took globally recognizable photos and removed all traces of the protagonists, thus creating a series of uncomfortably incomplete sceneries. You immediately start to reconstruct what should be there:

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Image: Michael Schirner, BYE BYE, NOR44, 2002 – 2010, Digigraphie by Epson