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Lake Retba is located 30 kilometres outside of Dakar, Senegal. Due to its peculiar colour, it is also called Lac Rose (Rose Lake). It is so strongly saturated with salt, that the mineral sinks to the bottom of the lake. Anyone has the right to harvest this salt, because the lake is common property. In order not to disturb the delicate ecological balance, the salt must be obtained by hand. With spades, baskets and boats the salt miners collect the valuable mineral from the bottom of the lake. Once the boats are loaded and have reached the shore, women from neighbouring villages carry the freight in plastic buckets to higher grounds. The salt is then piled up and formed into small mountains. The best quality of salt from Lac Rose is sold to gourmet restaurants and retailers all over the world at 36 USD per kilo.
It can change quickly – the weather in the mountains. But not only the weather, also the light. It is the light that creates this irresistible attraction, that lets us pause in ecstasy, cheer enthusiastically, take with us unforgettable pictures. But this magic can end within the shortest time, and all becomes flat and dull.
With the wish to visualise my love to the mountains I keep on touring the Alps. About two and a half thousand kilometres walk, 150 tours, just for this series. Equipped with several cameras and lenses, a sleeping bag, outdoor clothing, emergency supplies, water. Always attuned to a 24 hours observation, I wait for this one moment that I want to catch for the picture.
«An authentic image is more important than a beautiful one,» this is how Zurich-based photographer and filmmaker Alberto Venzago sums up his philosophy. Eight years ago, the award-winning Magnum photographer changed sides, from picture taking to picture making. For his images of forests around the globe he developed a new technique: More than 550 single frames were used to «build» these romanticized fairytale-like tableaux. «It is fantastic to ‹compose› an image in your brain, a mind-blowing experience like the old darkroom wonder, when the final shot slowly appeared in the chemical. It took about two minutes then, now, in digital times, it takes three weeks. Almost anachronistic!»
Alberto Venzago is regarded as one of the most significant Swiss reportage photographers. He won the «Robert Capa Award» and in the past 40 years has worked for worldwide renowned magazines, such as the German periodical Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine and Life. Critics attribute him the ability to reach people very closely with his lens without them noticing him. This way, intimate portraits and time documents are created – of voodoo healers, the Japanese mafia and the Pentagon. Venzago who originally comes from Zurich, Switzerland, has celebrated many successes over the years.
Memories travel. And when they are resting, they are captured on separate pictures. Fragments that can stand for the idyll and freedom, but also stillstand and captivity. People, landscapes and places are frozen in time. Where is the truth when the mist of nostalgia spreads out over our memories?
How do we handle food? How do we wrap it, change it, create convenience products, measure it, weigh it and create norms for it? With these food series Fabian Häfeli wants to make the viewer think about what value food has in today’s society.
Already as a child, Fabian Häfeli was fascinated by photography. And quickly he developed a passion for it – he was called to be a photographer. His career began at F+F Schule für Kunst where he completed the course for photography and studied media design. Thanks to his interest in persons and food, he decided to specialise in food photography and became self-employed.
Poetry and sublime beauty – the beauty of transience – the mat darkness of a dema-terialized background. The flowers and petals appear to be floating in front of this scenery. Like jellyfish, effortlessly and weightless, in front of the dark depth of the ocean. Due to the withdrawal of water, the petals of the chrysanthemum and the calla lily appear to be wrestling for life. The choice of the floral motives is due to a passion for the flower. Free from experimental production elements, this series can be placed between illusionism and naturalism. A hint of magic lets the viewer doubt reality. A homage to the Dutch and Flemish stilllife artists of the Renaissance and a world that leaves the commercial colourfulness of flower clichés far behind.
Show a personal view on the city that many know or believe to know. Parts of the city that have their own character and are still part of the unique flair of New York.
In this series I show selected facets of this pulsating city. Facets that show the well-known New York and yet in their dynamism and simplicity my very own perspective.
Model: Becca Blaise | Qmodels New York
Styling: Lea Kuster
Hair & Make-up: Rahel Thür
Outfits: Jungle Folk & Velvet Novel
Jaqueline Lipp (*1987) was born in Lucerne and absolved an apprenticeship as a graphic designer. Already as a trainee she specialised herself in digital photography. She is working as a freelancer for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.
«Sumimasen ga, kono oriori no namae o kaite ittdakemaska?»
«Ottesu o okake schimasu ga, konno riori no, sairio to zukurikatta o, kaite ittadakemaska?»
These questions are written on small pieces of paper, laminated in plastic foil. They are Sylvan Müller’s most important travel companions on his trip though Japan. They should open him the doors to the kitchens of the country. «What is this, what am I eating?», it says in a phonetic transcription, or «Can I speak to the cook?», or «How is this dish prepared?»
Apart from the photographies for a Japanese cook book, Sylvan created a series of pictures documenting his trip though the country.
Müller was born 1973 in Zurich, finished highschool in 1992 and worked as a bouncer, billposter, barkeeper, guitar teacher and night porter. He studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music (guitar), finished a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2001 and worked for 10 years at «Streetwork», Zurich, with street people in need. Since 2004, he is the guitarist of the band «Karaoke form Hell» with whom he gave over 600 concerts. Since 2011 he works as a photojournalist at the Zurich-based newspaper «Tages-Anzeiger». He created the photo blog ZOOM at tagesanzeiger.ch, and describes himself as an autodidactic, freelance photographer. Clients: Andreas Caminada (Swiss 3-Michelin star chef), Tages-Anzeiger, Salt, Rockstar magazine and many others.
Louis de Marsalle was the pseudonym of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) which he used to publish his texts. With this imaginary person he did not only market himself successfully, he also created an alter ego that he would send on fictional trips to Africa. Meanwhile, he lived a secluded life in the Swiss mountains. Almost one hundred years later, Louis de Marsalle was given a face: Stephan Bösch took a series of photographs in black and white following the idea of Dr. Thorsten Sadowsky for the Kirchner Museum in Davos.
Stephan Bösch, born 1982, lives in St. Gallen and works as a self-employed photographer at the edge of photographic art and commissioned photography. For his clients he produces portraits, photographic reports, as well as landscape and architectural series.
I take photographs of cities since more than twenty years, because I am very interested in the urban world. Today, more than half of the people live in densely populated – urban – territories and my fascination for these areas grows continuously. Depending on the project, I focus on the habitat or the people. At the moment, I take photographs in cities that are not that well known yet, but that gain more and more significance.
The pictures shown here are from the series City of Ambition and Aurora, both have been published as books.
Ferit Kuyas (*1955). Self-employed photographer, artist, teacher and curator. Autodidact. Studied jurisprudence at the University of Zurich from which he graduated in 1982. Lives and works in Ziegelbrücke, Switzerland.