Photo Münsingen 2021 canceled and postponed

The Pho­to Münsin­gen from 13-16 May 2021 has to be canceled again due to the pandemic and postponed to the Ascension Day from 26-29 May 2022.

The organization team has been planning the Pho­to Münsin­gen 2021. Protection concepts were drawn up on the basis of the specifications and coordinated with the authorities, the program was adjusted with all parties involved and the communication measures were redesigned. The team has waited until the end, hoping that easing a physical one Pho­to Münsin­gen would have made possible. Various alternative scenarios were also examined. However, the legal requirements, the situation and development force us to cancel it again and postpone it to 2022.

Last year a team did one Pho­to Münsin­gen created virtually and offered a highly regarded competition “Living and taking photos in times of Corona” as well as online training courses and interesting reports on photographic topics.

At Auffahrt, on May 13, 2021, the competition works of the 60 photo clubs on the subject of “Urban” will be posted on the website and the winners of the «Pho­to Münsin­gen Award» announced.

The organization team plans to postpone the planned program again and carry it out during the Ascension Days 2022 from May 26th to 29th, 2022. It thanks all contributors, sponsors and partners for their work and encouraging support.

Photo Münsingen 2021: A first look at the program

Hopefully the time will come in three months: the will open from May 13th to 16th Pho­to Münsin­gen 2021 their doors. We are confident that we will be able to catch up with the 2020 program with a protection concept and slight adjustments. A first look at the planned photo exhibitions.

The Pho­to Münsin­gen 2020 had to be postponed due to the corona pandemic. Instead we have that Pho­to Münsin­gen vir­tu­ell created with a competition and many online entries. Now we hope that Pho­to Münsin­gen from 13 to 16 May 2021 in the beautiful Schlossgut area and the interesting encounters can take place physically. We have a comprehensive one for that Protection concept Developed. Of course, we will only hold Photo Münsingen if the official requirements are met and the situation allows.

Focus on sports photography

We were able to take over most of the 2021 program from last year. Sports photography is a focus. Six exhibitions are dedicated to different sports:

The focus is again on club photography: 60 teams compete at the «Pho­to Münsin­gen Award» on the subject of “urban”. The photo clubs out Münsingen, Riedisheim and Kirchzarten exhibit pictures on the topic of «transparency». The Pho­to Su­is­se shows the best and award-winning pictures from the annual competition.

Creativity and the pandemic

There are also creative photo exhibitions, including: Elena Martynyuk (RU) with the themes 'Elephants', 'Fat Girl' and 'Fantasies', Brigitte Aeberhard for Poetry of blurring, Csaba Balási (RO) with his Winter story, Harry Lieber (DE) for Fine art architecture photography and Werner Richners (DE) Ma­gic Mo­ments.

The digital one Photo arena offers ten photographers a platform to present their series of images on 12 screens.

And our way of dealing with the pandemic is also given space in an exhibition. The 20 best pictures of the competition «Live and take pictures in times of Corona» be at the Pho­to Münsin­gen 2021 Exhibited creatively and in conformity with corona in the Schlossgut area.

With the single axle to the North Cape

In the audio vision 'Totally crazy' reported An­dre­as Zim­mer­mannhow he drove to the North Cape with the single-axle tractor. Further audiovisual productions are every afternoon in Füür­wehr­saal presented on the big screen.

Reserve the ascension days from May 13th to 16th!

Preparatory work for Photo Münsingen 2021 started

The Pho­to Münsin­gen 2020 unfortunately we had to cancel. At the beginning of September, the organizing committee got to work to show the program planned for 2020 in spring 2021.

In the next few months, the various departments will contact the exhibitors and partners and the Pho­to Münsin­gen 2021 run up. At the same time, we develop possible protection scenarios.

Reserve the ascension days from May 13th to 16th, 2021 for the Pho­to Münsin­gen 2021.

By the way: This year there was a small replacement «Pho­to Münsin­gen vir­tu­ell» with the photo competition “Living and taking photos in times of Corona” and interesting links. Here you can read the «Pho­to Münsin­gen virtuell»…

The «Pho­to Münsin­gen 2020» is canceled

The Pho­to Münsin­gen from May 21 - 24, 2020 is canceled due to the corona pandemic. We are working with those involved to postpone the program to the Ascension Day from May 13-16, 2021. 

We have dealt with the corona situation and examined various scenarios for carrying out Photo Münsingen. Due to the location and the expected development, we have to Pho­to Münsin­gen cancel May 21 - 24, 2020.

Since the event is fully planned with photo exhibitions, photo workshops, lectures and audiovisual productions, we would like to postpone it to the Ascension Day from May 13-16, 2021. This is now discussed with those involved and then communicated via the website.

Photo Münsingen 2020: Sports photography and urban issues

The subject of “Urban” and sports photography will be the focus of the 21st Photo Münsingen from May 24 to 2020, 21. There are also multifaceted photo exhibitions, current club photography, the Photo Arena, lectures, photo workshops and audiovisual productions.

Sports photography is a focus of this year's Photo Münsingen. Six photo exhibitions are dedicated to different sports:

“Urban” theme in the competition for photo clubs

The focus in 2020 will also be on club photography: over 60 teams compete for the "Photo Münsingen Award" on the subject of “urban”. The photo clubs out Münsingen, Riedisheim and Kirchzarten exhibit pictures on their annual theme of "transparency". The Photosuisse shows the best and award-winning pictures from the annual competition.

In other photo exhibitions, photographers present their creative work, including: Elena Martynyuk (RU) Fantasy, Brigitte Aeberhard for Poetry of blurring, Csaba Balási (RO) with his Winter story, Harry Lieber (DE) for Fine art architecture photography and Werner Richners (DE) Magic moments.

With the single axle to the North Cape

The digital one Photo arena offers ten photographers a platform to present their series of images on 12 screens. In the Audio Vision 'Totally Crazy' Andreas Zimmermann reports how he drove to the North Cape with the single-axle vehicle. Further audiovisual productions are presented on the big screen every afternoon in the Füürwehrsaal. Lectures, photo workshops and guided tours enable the exchange between photographers and those interested in photography.

Reserve the ascent days from May 21 to 24, 2020 for your visit to Münsingen now. We look forward to you!

20. Photo Münsingen: Great interest in reportage photography

Photo Münsingen's 20th anniversary was attended by over 4000 visitors from all over Switzerland. Reportage photography was one of the focal points. The exhibitions, tours and lectures by Dominic Nahr, Christian Bobst, Patrick Rohr and Adrian Moser received a lot of attention.

Alain Rivière-Lecoeur, Julie de Waroquier and Pascal Sentenac from France and Alex and Felix from Switzerland showed artistic works. The won the club competition for the Photo Münsingen Award Schwyz Photo Club in front of the photo club Dreisamtal (D) and the photo club gegenLICHT.

The Münsingen castle grounds with the new castle park presented the 20th Photo Münsingen in the best light and inspired the visitors to lively discussions about photography and reportage photography in particular. The President Ruedi Mäusli draws a very positive balance.

The next Photo Münsingen will take place from May 21 to 24, 2020.

Review: Photo Münsingen 2019 in the media

“One of the most important photo festivals”, “Meeting point for photo fans” or “Goes beyond the scope of a conventional exhibition”, that's how the media reported on the 20th Photo Münsingen. An excerpt from the report.

Impressions of Photo Münsingen 2019: pictures, videos and social media

Photo Münsingen 2019 is in full swing. First impressions can be found in the picture gallery, video interviews and further impressions on social media.

In the gallery and on Flickr we have photos of the vernissage and first impressions of Photo Münsingen 2019. To the gallery…

 

We report on the exhibition daily on Facebook. Various exhibitors speak in video interviews about their topics and Photo Münsingen. To the Photo Münsingen Facebook page ...

Lectures, guided tours, audio vision: an overview of the dates

Numerous guided tours and lectures will take place on the four exhibition days. When is what going on? An overview.

Thursday May 30, 2019

Exhibitions and Photo Arena open from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.

10.30 Lecture: Walter Weber, Fuji - Kirchgemeindehaus
11.00 Lecture: Patrick Rohr - Füürwehrsaal
13.00 Guided tour: Adrian Moser - Schlossgutplatz
13.30 Guided tour: Wolfgang Wiesen (D) - Schlossallee

Lecture: Christian Reding, Nikon - Kirchgemeindehaus

14.00 Guided tour: Alain Rivière-Lecoeur - Flower House

Guided tour: Christian Bobst - Parish Hall

14.30 Guided tour: Pascal Sentenac (F) - castle

Guided tour: Dominic Nahr - Schlossweg

15.00 Guided tour: Patrick Rohr - Castle

Lecture: Silvan Schär, Photo Zumstein - Kirchgemeindehaus

15.30 Guided tour: alex and felix - castle
16.00 Guided tour: Julie de Waroquier Castle
16.30 Guided tour: Elsbeth Stalder - Schlossgut Retirement Center

Panel discussion - Füürwehrsaal

17.00 Guided tour: Noemi Romano - youth center / cellar

Friday 31st May 2019

Exhibitions and Photo Arena open from 10 a.m. to 19 p.m.

10.30 Lecture: Walter Weber, Fuji - Kirchgemeindehaus
11.00 Lecture: alex and felix - Füürwehrsaal
13.30 Guided tour: Swissinstameet - Castle Park

Lecture: Christian Reding, Nikon - Kirchgemeindehaus

14.00 Guided tour: Jürg Ramseier - Castle
15.00 Lecture: Silvan Schär, Photo Zumstein - Kirchgemeindehaus
19.00 Multivision: Katja and Josef Niedermeier: Füürwehrsaal
20.00 Guided tour: Noemi Romano - youth center / cellar
21.00 Concert: Josua Romano - youth center / cellar

Saturday June 1st

Exhibitions and Photo Arena open from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.

10.30 Lecture: Walter Weber, Fuji - Kirchgemeindehaus
11.00 Lecture: Wolfgang Wiesen, - Füürwehrsaal
13.30 Guided tour: Wolfgang Wiesen - Schlossallee

Guided tour: Swissinstameet - Castle Park

Lecture: Christian Reding, Nikon - Kirchgemeindehaus

14.00 Guided tour: Alain Rivière-Lecoeur - Flower House

Guided tour: Jürg Ramseier - Castle

14.30 Guided tour: Pascal Sentenac - castle

Guided tour: Dominic Nahr - Schlossweg

15.00 Lecture: Silvan Schär, Photo Zumstein - Kirchgemeindehaus
16.00 Guided tour: Julie de Waroquier Castle
16.30 Guided tour: Elsbeth Stalder - Schlossgut Retirement Center

Lecture: Dominic Nahr - Füürwehrsaal

17.00 Guided tour: Noemi Romano - youth center / cellar

Sunday June 2nd

Exhibitions and Photo Arena open from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.

10.30 Lecture: Walter Weber, Fuji - Kirchgemeindehaus
11.00 Lecture: Adrian Moser - Füürwehrsaal
13.00 Guided tour: Adrian Moser - Schlossgutplatz
13.30 Guided tour: Swissinstameet - Castle Park

Lecture: Christian Reding, Nikon - Kirchgemeindehaus

14.00 Guided tour: Christian Bobst - Parish Hall
15.30 Guided tour: alex and felix - castle
16.00 Raffle of the winners of the visitor competition - Schlossgutsaal

The Audio Vision blocks in the Füürwehrsaal start daily at: 13.00:13.30 p.m., 14.00:14.30 p.m., 15.00:15.30 p.m., XNUMX:XNUMX p.m., XNUMX:XNUMX p.m., XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.

20 years of Photo Münsingen: From a beer idea to a photo festival

What started with a beer in 1998 will celebrate its 2019th anniversary in 20: Photo Münsingen! But one after the other. Ueli Wälti wrote a vision based on the beer idea. It should be something big with exhibitions, slide lectures and seminars. With photo clubs and photographers from all over Switzerland. Even more, an international photo festival. To this end, Bern Airport is to be expanded and the runway extended so that photographers and visitors can travel around the world. Münsingen as a creative meeting point for photographers. A vision!

In 1999 the vision initially turned into a pilot event “Photo Days Münsingen”. This enabled the concept to be tested, the members of the Münsingen photo club to be convinced and won over to work. Eight photo clubs showed their most beautiful pictures in the Schlossgutsaal during the ascent days. The exhibition was a success, the feedback from the participating clubs was encouraging and the visitors enthusiastic. The foundation stone for planning the first Photo Münsingen was laid. In voluntary work we created additional exhibition infrastructure, got support from the Münsingen community, looked for sponsors, created concepts, plans and budgets.

The first Photo Münsingen in 2000

Photo Münsingen was held for the first time on the ascent days, from June 1st to 4th, 2000, with the three pillars exhibitions, slide presentations and seminars. The theme of the first club competition was "Sunday". 16 photo clubs were already there. Including the clubs from Belp, Solothurn, Thun and Blende 8, which have always strongly supported the Münsingen photo club since then. Josef von Mentlen and Walter Gaberthül presented creative work and the Münsingen Photo Club also showed the pictures from the annual competition. Audiovisual slide presentations and seminars rounded off the 1st Photo Münsingen. 1 people interested in photography were enthusiastic about the new forum and encouraged us to continue. Much has proven itself since the first implementation. Every year the best club work is honored with the “Photo Münsingen Award”.

Visitors can choose their personal favorites and win great prizes. And the members of the Münsingen Photo Club are given the opportunity to present the pictures from the annual competition for their commitment. The event has taken place since the beginning of the ascension week, and thanks to sponsors, admission is still free.

Highlights from 20 years of Photo Münsingen

Club exhibitions

Every year around 60 photo clubs and photo teams from all over Switzerland take part in the competition for the “Photo Münsingen Award”. The challenge of working on a given topic as a team is demanding, exciting and enriches club life. Initially, the pictures of the clubs were sent in, framed and hung according to their specifications. Recently the clubs have been delivering their data digitally and the tableaus are created by Photo Münsingen. At the vernissage everyone is eagerly awaiting the award ceremony and the presentation of the coveted “Photo Münsingen Award”. The Sense Photo Club won the first issue on the subject of “Sunday”. We maintain close contacts with the photo clubs we are friends with from Riedisheim (F) and Kirchzarten (D) and exhibit each other's pictures. Other clubs, teams and photo schools regularly present their work at Photo Münsingen.

Creative solo exhibitions

Over the past 20 years, over 400 photo exhibitions have been presented in the ideal Schlossgut area in Münsingen. New locations were constantly being added. The outdoor exhibitions connect the nine buildings and create the unique ambience. The selection of photographers and the placement of the exhibitions is exciting and the encounters with creative personalities are always extremely interesting and enriching.

The exhibitions by Thomas Ulrich with the exhibition "Cerro Torre", the encounter with Fernand "Sepp" Rausser and with 12 Bernese photographers on the subject of "paradises" are unforgettable.
Then the large-format flower portraits of Alfons Iseli in the castle, Indrich Streit, he exhibited for the first time under the new umbrellas on the Schlossgutplatz.

Miroslav Stibor, another photographer from the Czech Republic, metamorphoses by Elena Martynuk and underwater fantasies by Sergey Buslenko, both from the Ukraine, sports photos by Andreas Blatter, wildlife and nature photos by Lorenz A. Fischer.

From Germany, then the creative exhibitions by Thomas Herbrich and Uli Staiger. The federal photographer Hansueli Trachsel in the Schlossallee. The large-format impressions of the Chinese Leo KK Wong in the flower house and aesthetic nude photography by Christoph Ris, Romel Janeski and Martin Zurmühle.

The «Winter Spirits of Hokkaido» by Martin Eisenhawer in the flower house, the Indian portraits by Christian Heeb in the Schlossallee will not be forgotten. Then the emotional exhibition “The Eye of Love” by the great Swiss photographer René Groebli and the portraits of sailors by Maud Bernos. Large-format landscapes by Martin Mägli and Sandro Diener, creative exhibitions by photographers from Turkey, France, Italy, England and Greece. Henna and Arthur Honegger with “Ach Amiland” on Schlossgutplatz and the portraits of Beat Mumenthaler on Allee. In the youth center Spycher, young talents were given the opportunity to present their work to a broad public.

Digital exhibitions

From 2011 the print exhibitions were expanded to include the digital Photo Arena. The team volunteered to construct an arena with 12 screens. Now a further 10 authors were able to present digital exhibitions each year. The best pictures from the annual PHOTOSUISSE competition will also be presented.

Audiovisual presentations

What began 20 years ago as slide presentations with rattling projectors, has developed over the years into sophisticated digital audio-visual shows. Firstly, the popular multivisions from distant countries and the animal and plant world, such as “Unter Bären” by David Bittner, “Earth Extreme” by Carsten Peter and “El Conor Sur” by Urs Wohlwend. Then the creative short shows that merge photography with text and music into a new dimension of presentation.

Workshops and lectures

Actively conveying and developing knowledge about photography was a strategic goal from the start. Hard to believe, but in the first Photo Münsingen seminars on toning and coloring pictures were offered. The first courses in digital photography followed quickly. Often it was exhibiting photographers who passed on their knowledge in courses. The program offered the full spectrum of photography: image composition, portrait photography, studio and nude photography, macro, landscape and animal photography, still life and, and, and. With increasing digitization, digital image processing with Photoshop and Lightroom were also a hit. Even Calvin Hollywood paid his respects in Münsingen. Andri Pol led a reportage workshop and active photography was always in the foreground in Chritoph Ris and Martin Zurmühle's photography courses. The photographers present gave more and more interesting lectures about their work and working methods.

Extraordinary

The program also always contained surprising and creative special events: a slide show in 3D, the large camera obscura of the photo club Thun, drone photography, the exhibition and live body painting by Johannes Stötter and the nostalgia studio with wet plate courses by Peter Michels are just a few of them.

The sponsors

Sponsoring is based on performance and consideration. We are fortunate that we can count on long-term partnerships over the years. AGFA was a sponsor from the very beginning. In 2000 Walter Weber spontaneously supported the first “Photo Münsingen” project. With the digital development, film production had to be shut down and collaboration stopped. In 2014 the paths crossed again with Walter Weber. Now head of the Photo Division Switzerland at Fujifilm. Foto Video Zumstein Bern, Nikon, Fujifilm and Cewe are the main sponsors of the last few years. Close and friendly partnerships have been established with many other sponsors.

The more than 4 photo-savvy visitors each year and the unique atmosphere at Photo Münsingen convinced the partners to support our project. Ultimately, such occasions arouse enthusiasm for photos, cameras and technology. The Münsingen community is also involved financially and materially. At this point a big thank you to the sponsors and partners for the great commitment and the very pleasant cooperation.

The organization of Photo Münsingen

Photo Münsingen is part of the Münsingen Photo Club. At the beginning the responsibility lay with the board of directors. With the annual growth of Photo Münsingen, the organization team was also expanded to include specialists outside the club. Without the support of the photo clubs Belp, Thun, Solothurn, Blende 8 and many helpers from other clubs, the Photo Münsingen would be inconceivable. The OK is now active throughout the year. After Photo Münsingen is before Photo Münsingen. In retrospect, it is almost unbelievable how many new exhibition locations have arisen in the entire Münsingen castle estate and how new infrastructure has been implemented with passion and know-how.

The Münsingen Photo Club itself also benefits enormously from Photo Münsingen. The number of members has risen to 60. As a highlight, the photo club won the “Photo Münsingen Award” in 2009 and was also awarded the Münsingen community's culture prize.

The magical power of a vision

The vision has long been a reality. A unique photo forum was created from the beer idea. Photo Münsingen has established itself over the last 20 years. Every year it inspires visitors and photographers from all over Switzerland and abroad. We have succeeded in creating a creative and inspiring platform for photography in the Schlossgut area, which enables the exchange and discussion of the various facets of photography. This is very important to us and is what makes Photo Münsingen so attractive.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed their full commitment to the success over the years.

Niklaus Messer