A month has passed already since the end of the 70th Locarno International Film Festival 2017, it's incredible how time flies, isn't it?! So it seems about right I gathered some of the shots from this edition for you to see. This time, as my duties became greater since last year, I was given a full page in which I sort of had creative "carte blanche". What this means is, I had a bit more freedom to seek out and plan the shots (sometimes… not, but where would the fun be otherwise?) instead of scrambling to get any keepers. As a consequence, you'll find less "stolen moments" from the red carpet or candid scenes and more "portraits" in the stricter sense of the term (with a couple of exceptions, you'll recognise those by their square format).
I still have some backlog on other non-festival stuff, which I'll hopefully, eventually, get published here, but for the time being, enjoy Locarno 70!
In other news, the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 exhibition is still travelling around Europe. Right now you'll be able to catch it at the Reggia di Monza in Milan (until October 29, 2017), and then at the Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin (starting November 7, 2017). Don't miss these if you want to see my winning series Art. 115.
Clearly, I'm rubbish at keeping up with this… I'm only a few months late so it may not be news to any of you anymore, but as it happens, I went on to win the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 in the category Professional – Conceptual with my series Art. 115!
You can have a look at the full series on the World Photography Organisation's website. Here's also a quick press review in the few languages I can understand (I'm only listing those that spent at least a couple of minutes writing a few lines about the awards, not those that just copy/pasted the press release, which is in fact most of the big publications):
My series was shown, along with the other prize winners, at Somerset House in London from April 21 to May 7 2017 and at Galerie GADCOLLECTION in Paris from July 4 to July 16 2017. Upcoming exhibitions will be held in Milan and Berlin, check the WPO's website for the latest news. There's also a nice book with all the SWPA 2017 images, including mine, which you can buy here (I'm not making money from this, so go ahead).
The award obviously generated some interest, as a consequence I was invited to a public talk at SpazioReale in Monte Carasso (CH) where I could talk about the winning project and my work in general. You can see a few pictures from the event here.
In other news, I had the chance to shoot a few concerts and try-outs after some inactivity, musicwise. This site is still in dire need of being updated, but I managed to upload a few shots from said concerts. Also, soon I'll be back in action at the Locarno International Film Festival, so there's stuff to look forward to!
So, the cat is out of the bag, my series Art. 115 has been shortlisted by the World Photography Organisation in the category Professional–Conceptual at the Sony World Photography Awards 2017!
This was among some 110'270 images entered in the Pro competition (more than 227'000 overall), I am beyond stoked right now, and of course truly honoured to be a part of this. The overall winners will be revealed April 20, 2017 but winning and shortlisted images alike will be exhibited in London April 21 – May 7, 2017.
As you may or may not know, this series deals with the topic of assisted death in Switzerland, a subject which I explored during my Master's thesis last year and which, in an unexpected turn of events, has just recently become front-page news again here in Switzerland. To me, this proves the discussion is still relevant and far from being exhausted.
Unfortunately, a lot of inaccuracies are reported in articles floating around and people prefer to talk with their guts instead of their brain anyway, but this shouldn't be an excuse to pretend to ignore the how's and why's. Those requests for assistance aren't just born on a whim, but come from a centuries-long societal shift. Keep in mind that this is but one answer, neither right nor wrong—as with many things, there's not a one-size-fits-all. My hope, though, is that this matter will be further discussed in a more in-depth, honest way, not just here but abroad as well.
While it's been rather quiet around here, last week I actually had the time to take part in a mini kabaret organised by the local Kino cell (www.tikino.ch).
The principle is to create, shoot and screen one or more short films in just 48h. These are produced with whatever resources one can get, in a spontaneous and collaborative way. You can read more about the Kino movement here.
Below you can watch the short film by Camila Koller in which I had camera and editing duties. It was a creatively and technically challenging experience — but make no mistake, it was also a fun and exciting one!