Fotoclub Ebikon: Internal competition bridged the lockdown

The Fo­to­club Ebi­kon bridged the encounterless time of Corona with an internal club competition.

The Fo­to­club Ebi­kon usually meets on the first Saturday of the month, discusses photo topics, goes on excursions and exchanges ideas about technology and image processing. Of course, these meetings were canceled during the Corona period.

As a substitute, the photo club determined a weekly topic that the members could work on independently, reports President Marie Anne Vido. “Office material”, “abstract”, “light and shadow” and “structures” are some of the topics. Every Monday evening the club members discussed the pictures via Skype. The photo club maintained club life virtually.

Under the creative works can be viewed. In the Photo gallery further work of the members can be seen.

The Ebikon Photo Club also runs one every year Club competition and takes part in the Photo Münsingen club competition with good rankings.

This is just one example of how the photo clubs got creative over the time of Corona.

Cover picture: Group topic office supplies, © Judy Fang

Reading tip: The online magazine

Within the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen is To­bi­as Kühn responsible for online communication. The specialist journalist also launched his own online magazine on photography. On he writes about photography and photographers in Switzerland.

How have photographers been doing in the last few weeks? What is the significance of the new copyright law? What is it that fascinates a nude photographer about her genre? Or how does Peter Michels, the master of the wet plate, work?

With his Online magazine will To­bi­as Kühn create a medium that shows Switzerland taking photographs in all its diversity, discovers pearls but also critically questions them - “regardless of brand interests, manufacturers and retailers”, as he writes on his website. The focus is not on the technology, but on the people behind the camera, their projects and their concerns.

There is therefore no advertising on The online magazine is still an affair of the heart at the moment. In the longer term, it is to be financed by a voluntary subscription amount from regular readers.

For anyone interested in photography, the free newsletter from It provides monthly updates on the latest articles, presents exhibitions and summarizes the technology news from the last 30 days.

To the online magazine…

Discover photography with

After the lockdown, the museums and galleries open again. Time to slowly and carefully consider physical photo art again. The portal continuously publishes interesting, spectacular and silent photo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide.

The Winterthur Photo Museum is now open and accessible again. The exhibition "Photographers at the front" shows 140 pictures between 1936 and 2011 by photojournalists and documentary photographers from the Spanish Civil War to the Second World War and the Vietnam War to the most recent conflicts.

The Swiss Photo Foundation presents a comprehensive exhibition of works by Evelyn Hofer (1922-2009). She has been named "America's Most Famous Unknown Photographer" by the New York Times. Her insights into private rooms and portraits of world-famous artists as well as her social studies are legendary. Evelyne Hofer learned the craft of photography in Switzerland, with which she maintained a close relationship throughout her life.

We have to wait a bit longer with the visits to Europe. For example a visit to the Photographic Museum Amsterdam Foam and the exhibition of Vivian Maier “Works in Color”.

But at least you can start browsing, planning and looking forward to visiting photo exhibitions. Have fun!

Patrick Rohr in an interview from Amsterdam

We like to remember Patrick Rohr's exhibition and guided tours on the subject «Japan - Away from Cherry Blossoms and Kimono» on the last one Pho­to Mün­sin­gen. Niklaus Messer conducted an interview with Patrick and wanted to know how he was doing, where he was experiencing the lockdown and what projects he was working on.

Interview with Rainer Eder

ARTEXTREM is the name of Rainer Eder's exhibition, which was planned for this year in the attic. If everything goes well, it will be made up for in a year. In an interview shortly before the driveway, the sports photographer talks about the passion for climbing and the time in lockdown.

Rainer Eder was born in Austria and has lived in Switzerland for more than 20 years. He has been a professional for many years. The passionate climber is now an excellent connoisseur of the scene and works primarily with the best rock and ice climbers in the world, such as Ines Papert and David Lama.

In 2010 and 2013 he became a finalist in the Red Bull Illume photo competition; he has also been awarded the “Best Mountain Adventure Photo” at the Banff Mountain Photography Competition.

Thomas Stöckli: Snowboard photographer

In search of captivating sports footage for the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2020 we came across the photos of Thomas Stöckli. 

We would have loved to show his fantastic, dynamic snowboard shots. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for various reasons. We have now received an email from Thomas. After hectic years combined with many trips, he has now used the Corona time to clean up his archive and website.

Thomas Stöckli was born in Switzerland in 1978. Snowboarding became his passion. At the age of 23 he had to end his professional career because of a knee injury. He took the opportunity to learn the craft of photography and has since traveled the world documenting the freestyle snowboarding scene under the pseudonym «Creager».

In 2014, his unique, timeless style earned him the title of “Advertising Photographer of the Year”. The aesthetic movement in sport continues to inspire him. But he also deals with meditative landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Among other things, he has been photographing the innovative shoe brand ON, a Swiss success story, since 2013.


Images: © Thomas Stöckli

"National waste": The ideal way to get back to work

For almost exactly eight weeks we weren't allowed to visit any real (photo) exhibitions, we had to put up with virtual tours - which, by the way, was not all negative, as many exhibitors and gallery owners came up with some original alternatives.

Now it's time to slowly work your way back into the real exhibition world. I have a tip: «Ab­fall na­tio­nal» at Kornhausforum Bern with photographs by Thun photographer Carolina Piasecki and photographer Peter Keller, who lives in Ticino. The exhibition is a good way to get back into it: not too big, enough space without stress and a topic that affects us all. Every Swiss person leaves behind around 350 kg of municipal waste every year. In 40 pairs of images, the two photographers show how this waste is properly disposed of in public spaces – or not.

And if you don't feel ready for the real exhibition world, you can do the pictures too watch virtually.

"National waste" in the Kornhausforum Bern, May 15 to July 25, 2020

With the Olympus in Cuba

Niklaus Messer, OC member of Photo Münsingen, got to know the advantages of the handy Olympus Pen in Cuba in 2011. During the weeks of lockdown, he remembers the colorful life in Havana. And also get to know new camera functions in the tutorials from Olympus

The Olympus Pen was my first mirrorless camera. In the club I was ridiculed, everyone back then relied on large, heavier SLR cameras with large, heavy lenses. I was proud of the handy retro-look camera with the light but powerful lenses and the angle viewfinder. The camera accompanies me next to an SLR camera on a longer stay in Cuba. I roamed through Havana for hours, almost unnoticed to capture the colorful life of the Habaneros. Viva la vida - viva Cuba! Most of the big camera stayed in the Casa.

In the meantime I have switched to the OM ‑ DE ‑ M5. The handiness and performance have remained. I only miss the angle viewfinder for unnoticed street photography. The scoffers have also disappeared. Many colleagues have long since discovered the advantages of small mirrorless cameras.

Olympus offers various video tutorials and a virtual get-together. Ideas for home shoots are shown in a playful way. And you discover still unknown camera functions. To 'Home with Olympus' ...

And if you fancy a few Cuba snapshots ...

Wolfgang Bernauer: "My Greek village"

In his illustrated book “My Greek Village”, Wolfgang Bernauer shows impressions from the life of the Greek rural population that are hard to find today.

The book is a documentation that shows the indigenous rural population in their daily work and in social gatherings. They are portraits of people who have a lot to tell - and who tell a lot in these pictures.

"An excellent example of contemporary historical documentation with impressive portraits that have been realized with outstanding photography," writes Urs Tillmanns from in his book tip.

To the book description at…


During the Corona crisis, the Swiss wholesalers are obliged to make inaccessible to customers all areas in which items are offered that do not serve the immediate basic supply.

Adrian Moser visited Migros Marktgasse in Bern, where most of the basement is cordoned off and cannot be entered until further notice.

At the Photo Muensingen 2019 Adrian Moser exhibited a cross section of his work as a press photographer. Born in Biel in 1966, he has been working as a professional photographer since 1994. Since 2002 he has been chief photographer and image editor for the newspaper "Der Bund", also freelance for agencies, magazines and newspapers as well as an exhibition curator and photographer trainer. He was recently with the Swiss Press Photo Award in the Daily Life category.