«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 for his expressive pictures. 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, and genuine.
The photographer creates authentic portraits through his sensitivity and his ability to establish a trusting closeness to the other person. Character images that give the impression of being able to look deeper into a life. They always show respect, love for people and their individual beauty, truth and charisma. Beat Mumenthaler captures this essence - also formally straightforward, often in black and white, reduced to the essentials.
In 2017 Beat Mumenthaler gave the Swiss government a convincing face with the official image 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 portrait, advertising and art and presents his work in exhibitions, books, lectures and workshops. His works have received several national and international awards.