Untitled Detonation 3, 2010 © Ueli Alder
Marilyn #5, 2010 © Olaf Breuning
Les ballons, Lac Léman, 2004 © Sarah Carp
Passes: Bernina, 2001 © Thomas Fletchner, courtesy Galerie Blancpain Art Contemporain
Frozen still life I, 2005 © Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, courtesy Galerie Stampa, Galerie van Zoetendaal
Les Sentiments Positivés, 2011 © Matthieu Lavanchy & Jonas Marguet
n°89, 2005, série Disparitions © Mathieu Bernard-Reymond
La Responsabilité, 2004 © Geoffrey Cottenceau et Romain Rousset
Autoportrait, série Gaijin, 2009 © David Favrod
Trash & Roses, série Art is the better life, 2001-2002 © Urs Lüthi, courtesy Galerie Blancpain Art Contemporain
Untitled, The Flock, 52L + 52R, série The Flock, 116 Parts, 2000- 2001 © Marianne Mueller
Still #09, 2006, de la série Still, 2005-07 © Danaé Panchaud
Ice Interlaken © Andri Pol
L'insensé Suisse Cover © Fabian Unternährer
Putting together a special issue dedicated to Swiss photography makes one realize: “small country, major photography.” Beyond the legendary Swiss perfection, we see a medley of styles on display. With humor and a poetic sensibility, the images question not only our reality, but the more specific reality of Swiss culture.
Standing on the shoulders of a great documentary tradition (revisited here with subtlety), contemporary Swiss photography is a model for excellence. Its vitality can be attributed not only to an abundance of art schools, but also to the support of both public and private institutions: museums, publishers, foundations, banks, patrons, and so on. The affinity of their methods and approaches with those of the international photography scene, makes these photographers’ output all the more distinguished in our eyes—and given their success, also in the eyes of the international art market.