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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.

Inspiration for weekend number 1

The Photo Münsingen photo competition "Living and photographing in times of Corona" has been running virtually since Monday. Over 60 pictures have already been received. For everyone who still needs inspiration: Here are our link tips for the weekend.

First of all, it is of course worth taking a look at Photo Münsingen virtually. More than 60 pictures have been received since Monday for the photo competition "Living and taking pictures in times of Corona". We publish the continuously updated collection of these photos Flickr. Among the entries, for example, the cover picture of this article: "Until further notice" by Astrid Schulz. Or the photos of Hans U. Alderwho has published more pictures of the lockdown on his website.

In the post "Four photographers, four perspectives" four NZZ photographers show their very personal view of the Corona crisis. Christoph Ruckstuhl observes the small changes on his way to work. Simon Tanner collected self-portraits that testify to excessively long layers and the arduous wearing of protective masks. Karin Hofer is forced to focus on her own apartment. Annick Ramp was on the otherwise invisible limit.

They also have very different views of Switzerland in the lockdown Keystone-SDA photographers. This week's «Zoom» photo blog shows how it is doing Sports world in the time of Corona has changed. And he publishes aerial photographs of Alessandro della Bella. "Sleeping Beauty Zurich": Zurich is waiting like a sleeping beauty to be awakened from the crisis.

SRF shows the pictures from Marko Stevic. From the street, he portrayed people who are currently staying at home. For the "time" have eight Photographers from Germany Photos compiled that show everyday life in their vicinity.

The creators of "Photo Schweiz" have meanwhile invited 30 Swiss photographers* to show their view of Switzerland in times of the pandemic. Respondents included Christian Bobst and Kostas Maros, who exhibited at Photo Münsingen in 2019 and 2013 respectively.

Would you like to take pictures now? Click here for our competition ...

A photo journey after the Corona crisis

Hard to imagine at the moment, but there will also be a time after Corona. Rolf Gemperle has on the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2010 Panorama photos of the Sahara exhibited. He was also the leader of several photo workshops at Photo Münsingen with a focus on panoramic photography. In the photo journey from 14. to 28. May 2021 he and his local partner offer the large crossing of the Namib Desert in Namibia. Here is an excerpt from the travel description:

Crossing the Namib Desert from Lüderitz to Swakopmund is an adventure in a class of its own. The huge dunes of the coastal and foggy desert reach here as far as the sea and thus form a unique backdrop. An approximately 500-kilometer-long strip along the coast is part of the restricted diamond area and can only be traveled with special permission and as a guided tour.

Images: Rolf Gemperle / Nicolas Genoud

Four photographers, four angles

Our everyday life is firmly in the grip of the pandemic. The NZZ photographers have been documenting the extraordinary situation for weeks.

Karin Hofer, Annick Ramp, Christoph Ruckstuhl and Simon Tanner show their very personal view of the corona crisis. The four photo series are in the weekly supplement of the NZZ on April 11, 2020 and as Online photo gallery appeared.

The newspaper pages as PDF:

  • Christoph Ruckstuhl observes the small changes on his way to work.
  • Simon Tanner collected self-portraits that testify to overly long layers and the arduous wearing of protective masks.
  • Karin Hofer inevitably focuses on your own apartment.
  • Annick Ramp was on the otherwise invisible border.

Science captured in pictures

The Swiss National Science Foundation has announced the winners of its competition for scientific images. The competition aims to make the work of researchers working in Switzerland visible.

The first prize in the "Research Object" category was given to a photograph showing the sole of an elephant's foot. The photo taken by Paulin Wendler, a doctoral student at the University of Zurich, convinced the jury with its "unfamiliar sight that forces us to shift down a gear" and the "fine lines that create a strong contrast to the images that we normally see make these huge and heavy, almost archaic mammals, "said a statement from the SNSF.

In the "Men and Women of Science" category, a portrait of Kaan Mika, doctoral candidate at the University of Lausanne, won which "contradicts the current representations of researchers in the laboratory".

Anika König, lecturer at the University of Lucerne, is the winner in the "Places and Tools" category with a recording from her research project on surrogate mothers in Ukraine. "The strength of the image lies in the absence of the object. It shows that the surrogate mothers are invisible in society," the jury explains its decision.

With a short sequence of medical imaging, Peter von Niederhäusern, doctoral student at the University of Basel, stages a Lego brick, which earned him the win in the "Video" category. The jury said the video "confuses and confuses our sense of direction" and "is wonderful evidence that a playful and simple film can contribute to the high level of cutting-edge research."

The jury also honored seven more of the more than 250 works submitted this year. All pictures are on the Flickr channel of the SNSF to see. More information about the competition can be found at SNSF website.

Cover photo: The balls of an Asian elephant - winner of the category: Research object
Paulin Wendler (PhD student at the University of Zurich)

The #PhMvirtuell starts

The physical Photo Münsingen 2020 is cancelled, long live the Photo Münsingen virtual! As a small substitute, we offer the photo competition online «Live and take pictures in times of Corona». In addition, we are now reporting on interesting online seminars on our website, linking to exciting photo projects and sharing our web finds.

We can already say today that we want to show the program of the physical Photo Münsingen planned for the Ascension Days 2020 in one year, namely from May 13th to 16th, 2021. Until then, however, Photo Münsingen will start a digital programme: The Photo Münsingen virtual!

The goal is the same as at Photo Münsingen: to promote joy and exchange about photography and to inspire you to take photos.

Competition "Living and Photography in Times of Corona"

The Competition «Live and take pictures in times of Corona» we are looking for pictures that are directly related to life during the pandemic. Home office and empty streets, density stress to isolation. What does the Corona crisis mean for us? How does she change life? What creative forces does it awaken?

All interested photographers can take part with a maximum of three pictures. The submitted photos will be in a Flickr group released. In addition, the 20 photos rated best by the jury will be published on the Photo Münsingen website and exhibited at Photo Münsingen 2021. Attractive prizes await the authors of the three winning photos. The closing date for entries is May 31, 2020.

Virtual discoveries

In addition to the competition, Photo Münsingen offers virtual contributions to current photo workshops, tutorials and information on photo exhibitions and photo works. For example, there are the Observations by the OK member Urs Hintermann, the Video cycle “Caught at home” or discoveries from our archive. New contributions will be added regularly.

Photo Münsingen is also open virtually Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr present. Subscribe to our channels, join in the discussion and participate with your own pictures and the hashtag #PhMvirtuell. We include the most exciting articles in our channels.

René Groebli: Virtual tour

The Bildhalle Zurich is currently offering a virtual tour of the exhibition “The Magic Eye” by Réne Groebli. It includes the most important images from the book of the same name.

The photo book gathers a selection of images that covers a good half century of René Groebli's work and brings us closer to his broad photographic spectrum. It is a journalistic homage by the gallery owner and her gallery Bildhalle to the artist.

At Photo Münsingen, René Groebli presented the touching series “Das Auge der Liebe” in 2015 and in 2017 the «Nudes» exhibition shown. The great Swiss photographer, with international awards and exhibitions, is still active at the age of 92.

To the virtual exhibition of the Bildhalle ...

Image: © René Groebli, Beryl Chen, Dance with cigarette, No. 281, London, 1953, Courtesy of Bildhalle

Urs Hintermann: «Ver-rück­te Zeit»

Urs Hintermann, OC member of Photo Münsingen, is experiencing the corona pandemic like many of us: first with disbelief, then with a certain curiosity about how the state of emergency is changing our everyday lives. For a dedicated photographer, it makes sense to grab the camera. Thoughts and pictures of the first lockdown weeks.

After the outbreak of the corona pandemic, I felt like everyone else: First, shock and disbelief at what you are experiencing. Then I suddenly realized that we are probably witnessing an event that will be unique for a generation or two.

I first became aware of this because of a triviality: for the first time in decades we in Münsingen can see a blue sky for a whole day without any contrails in the sky. I'll have one then 13-hour timelapse of the sky over Bern made. We will probably never see that again soon. A contemporary document!

The next day, the two-man band “Bearbeat” drove up to the square in our development (Giessenpark) and gave a short concert - of course, keeping the 2-meter distance! The concert was an encouragement for everyone who has to stay at home and of course also a source of income for the musicians who are currently not allowed to give concerts because of the pandemic. An idea that set us all up.

I then asked myself what else is unique about this crazy time. Closed shops, of course. In the streets of Münsingen, Bern, Thun and Interlaken I noticed that this is a real photographic treasure trove. There is everything from dry references like "To" or "See you soon" to world conspiracy theories. Including a lot of funny, business-savvy, fatalistic, contrived and poetic.

Of course, I also noticed other traces during my walks. For example, how people almost routinely keep their distance from one another. Masks, something that we previously only knew from Asian tourists, are suddenly ubiquitous. And then there are of course the obvious traces in the form of countless arrows, distance lines, etc., which are more or less followed.

There would be a lot more. I will create a Corona notebook for myself that will record this special time. Hopefully soon we'll leaf through it at home and say: "Do you remember back then, in those crazy times ...".


Further works by Urs Hintermann can be found on his website

Video tutorials «MOTIVATED at home»

Philipp Dubs from photomundo has already conducted several photo workshops at Photo Münsingen. He looks after the children for his partner during the Corona period so that she can work as a doctor. His partner Renato Gerussi (he is part of the photomundo photo team) provides suggestions for photography in short videos under the motto "MOTIVATED at home".

In “Photographing a wristwatch”, the audience learns why the time 10:08:36 is so important:


In the video «Taking pictures with flashlights» Gerussie shows how objects can be photographed free-floating:


The third part, "Unexpected Views", is about how everyday objects are used for creative and impressive shots: