Close to your soul
In the exhibition, Beat Mumenthaler gives an insight into various of his projects. The proximity to the photographed personalities should be as noticeable as possible. These people gave Beat a glimpse into her soul for a brief moment.
«I'm interested in the essence of a person, their true face. I want to hold onto this. In all its shades, with all its light. "
Beat Mumenthaler is a Swiss portrait photographer who has achieved international fame with his expressive images. From the Federal Councilor to the mountain farmer, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Avo Uvezian, from the last Holocaust survivor to the refugee child from Syria: the personalities that Beat Mumenthaler portrays are undisguised, open, genuine.
The photographer creates authentic portraits through his sensitivity and his ability to build up a trusting closeness to the other person. Character pictures that give the impression of being able to look deeper into life. They always show respect, love for people and their individual beauty, truth and charisma. Beat Mumenthaler captures this essence – formally without frills, often in black and white, reduced to the essentials.
In 2017, Beat Mumenthaler gave the Swiss government a convincing face with the official picture of the Federal Council. At "photo17" he showed touching portraits of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. His work for the traveling exhibition "The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors" received international awards, as did his work "Chihuahua".
Beat Mumenthaler works in the fields of portraiture, advertising and art and presents his work in exhibitions, books, lectures and workshops. His works have received several national and international awards.