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Video greeting to the driveway

The Ascension weekend is with Pho­to Mün­sin­gen usually a weekend of inspiration, full of impressive pictures and friendly exchange. Not so this year. No tableaus in the Schloss­gutsaal, no multivision on Friday. Neither wows in Schloss­park, technical discussions at workshops or bratwurst.
As a little consolation, we meet some familiar faces of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen. Among them Florian Spring, exhibitor of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2018, Vera Wenger, responsible for culture in the municipality of Münsingen and Peter Aemmer, who is responsible for infrastructure in the OC.

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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

Inspiration for weekend number 3

The measures taken against the pandemic gave photographers unexpected free time. Why not use this time for some further training? Camera manufacturers, photo shops or course instructors have put together tutorials in the last few weeks. Meanwhile, the first real workshops are also advertised again.

In the video cycle «Caught at home» shows photo video Zumstein what can be photographed at home in times of Corona. Together with Foto Video, Jost von Allmen offers Zumstein beginner courses on the subject Fine art printing. More online training are offered by our sponsors Bookfactory, Nikon and Fujifilm. For example, next Monday’s Bookfactory webinar will be about the Design of murals.

Olympus has various video tutorials and a virtual regulars' table on offer. The Cap photo school shares free learning content during the Corona crisis. Philipp Dubs from has the video tutorials «MOTIVATED at home» launched. Boris Baldinger created a series for Image processing with Lightroom. Ralf Turtschi has a workshop on Macro photography for your convenience.

Already active again in real life Christoph Ris, longstanding workshop leader of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen. Via Auffahrt he offers initial courses in small groups.

Got new ideas? Our competition "Living and photographing in times of Corona" has received over a hundred and fifty pictures. Below that the cover picture for this post. Georg Keller used it to photograph all of the woody things from his apartment. To the competition!

Photo workshops by Christoph Ris - instructive, inspiring, exciting

Exactly the right start after the lockdown: Christoph Ris, photo workshop manager from the very beginning of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen, starts his inspiring workshops again in small groups.

Instead of the canceled Pho­to Mün­sin­gen Christoph now gives his seminars in BAG-compliant small groups. So you can benefit even more from the great know-how and interaction. Various topics are on the program. At the driveway, for example Pho­to Mün­sin­gen Special «Noir». Or the meditative landscape photography ... And many more!

To the workshops or Impressions of previous courses ...

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 ...

FineArt printing for beginners - online workshop with Jost von Allmen

“It's easier than ever to take great photos today. Thanks to the current, highly developed camera systems, the technical prerequisites have never been so good, and photography enthusiasts have never had so many options. But what do we do with the beautiful pictures. "

This says Jost von Allmen. He has been giving photo workshops at the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen. The lockdown also banished him to the home office.

Together with Photo Zumstein, he offers several Online training for fine art printing for beginners at. Take the opportunity to enter the world of FineArt-Print with Jost von Allmen and create unique presentations from your digital recordings.

Inspiration for weekend number 2

The museums will start operating again from next week. During the closure, some of them set up virtual offers over the past few weeks, which are still worth seeing today.

The Fotomuseum Winterthur launched his "Photographic Flux". Using a timeline, the website offers an overview of historical photographic processes, imaging devices and new image forms and phenomena - from heliography to computer-generated images, from the camera obscura to the selfie.

The Photoforum Pasquart in Biel made the catalog of the current exhibition “Her Take” - which, by the way, was extended until June 14th - available digitally as a PDF. In addition, the museum recently published on, a selection of texts that were written on the occasion of exhibitions and research.

Posed in Lausanne Musee de l'Elysée on his social media channels aspects of the exhibition “René Burri, l'explosion du regard” in the center. The digital content is also worth seeing, including those relating to previous exhibitions. For example the videos on the Vimeo channel, the podcasts at Soundcloud or the multimedia collections at Artmyn.

Also at the Zurich Image Hall we find a lot of information and pictures from past exhibitions. Special: The virtual tour through “The Magic Eye” by René Groebli.

The Museum in the Bellpark Finally, Kriens near Lucerne launched the “Walkie Talkie” project. It has asked artists to contribute. The museum presents the video clips, photographs, audio tracks and studio visits that come together online.

Inspired? Our competition "Living and photographing in times of Corona" has received over a hundred pictures. Below the cover photo of this article by Stefan Willi entitled "Together Alone". Click here for our competition ...

The festival spring is canceled

Not only the Photo Münsingen, but also the Bieler Fototage and the Fotofestival Lenzburg attracted photo enthusiasts from all over Switzerland to their exhibitions this month. Tobias Kühn summarizes in his Online magazine together how the different festivals deal with the current situation.

The Biel Photo Days would have been planned from May 8th to 31st, 2020 under the title «Cracks». "When we planned the 24th edition, which deals with social breaks and challenges, we did not know that the reality of the events would catch up with us and that the theme provided by the festival would become so frighteningly topical," write the organizers.

You have announced the postponement to next year: "In this time full of turmoil and change, we invite you to take your time - we will be back in May 2021."

Photo Festival Lenzburg and Photo Basel in September

The Lenzburg Photo Festival has not been canceled, but has been postponed. Scheduled from May 9th to June 9th, it will now take place from September 12th to October 25th, 2020. "We are currently working on a reorganization of the festival program," reported the organizers at the beginning of April via Facebook.

Photo Basel, originally planned for June, will not take place until September, from September 17th to 20th - at the same time as Art Basel.

Rencontres d'Arles canceled

At the international level, the Rencontres d'Arles have been canceled for 2020. They should have taken place from June 29th to September 20th. During the past two months the organizers have been considering ways to run the festival despite social distancing.

For the first time in its 50-year history, however, they had to cancel the festival: “It is impossible to produce exhibitions and equip the venues. International travel has come to a standstill and public gatherings are prohibited for the foreseeable future, ”they write.

Learning material from the Cap Photo School

The Cap Fotoschule, which is the sponsor of Photo Münsingen, shares selected learning content free of charge during the Corona crisis.

For example, a video on photojournalism, a PDF on literal aspects or a tutorial on portrait photography with just one light source are available.

To the free learning material ...