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At, Paul Merki links reading tips, tutorials and news. The photographer, event organizer and former photo retailer has put together his own website to provide photographers with ideas, inspiration and special offers during the Corona crisis.

Merki is the founder and longtime owner of Light + Byte in Zurich and co-organizer of photo events such as, and Photography has been the basis of his income for over 30 years. After the successful sale of Light + Byte in February 2017, the time has now come to give something back to the community, writes Merki on his platform. "With so much involuntary free time, it makes sense to expand your knowledge and acquire new skills so that you can emerge stronger from the crisis."

Under photographers and photography enthusiasts can find links, tips, how-to guides, webinars and financial aid info for the self-employed. should be an addition to everyday lockdown, because nobody wants to just watch Netflix & Co. all day long.

Gerhard Schütz: Cloud pyramid Niesen

The pyramid in the Bernese Oberland has always fascinated painters and photographers. Gerhard Schütz photographed the Niesen over and over again from the same location for five years. His impressions are recorded in the book "Cloud pyramid Niesen".

Gerhard Schütz has been taking photos since he was 14 years old. His main topics are landscape, architecture and classic automobiles. After 40 years in the Emmental, he has lived in Merligen since 2011, where this book project was created ...

To the book description at…

Caught at home

In the video cycle «Caught at home" shows "Photo video Zumstein", one of Main sponsors Photo Münsingen, what can be photographed at home in times of Corona. It will be demonstrated how amazing effects can be achieved with plants and fruits. If available, flashes or collapsible reflectors are used. However, these can also be replaced by existing household items.

Children are currently at home more often than usual. With a little imagination and a camera, an entertaining time can be spent together. Be it when “painting with light” or when the children are allowed to take photos themselves.

Every modern photo camera is also a film camera. In the so far last episode “Movie Edition” the important points for filming are shown. These are camera settings, use of the light sources, use of the gray filter, generation of movement, use of the necessary material and the editing software. The often expensive components for production can be replaced by everyday aids.

Photo video Zumstein AG, Bern, has also recorded a whole series of crash courses on photography and valuable tips on interesting topics in short videos. They inspire and motivate you to try it yourself:

Christian Bobst and Adrian Moser are winners of the "swiss press award 2020"

As part of the "swiss press awards 2020" win Christian Bobst in the "Foreign category 2020" and Adrian Moser in the "Everyday category 2020».

Both photographers took part in the Photo Muensingen 2019 exhibited on the subject of «press photography», held lectures and carried out guided tours. Photo Münsingen congratulates the winners.

Video contribution "The Gentle Power of Islam" by Christian Bobst:

Video contribution "Lightning tourism in the Bernese Oberland" by Adrian Moser:

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

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

What began with a beer in 1998 is celebrating its 2019th anniversary in 20: Photo Münsingen! But first things first. From the beer idea, Ueli Wälti wrote a vision. It's supposed to be something big, with exhibitions, slide shows 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 lengthened so that photographers and visitors can travel from all over the world. Münsingen as a creative meeting place for photographers. A vision!

In 1999, the vision initially became a pilot event called “Fototage Münsingen”. This allowed the concept to be tested, the members of the Münsingen Photo Club to be won over to cooperate. Eight photo clubs showed their most beautiful pictures in the Schlossgutsaal over the Ascension Days. The exhibition was a success, with encouraging feedback from participating clubs and enthusiastic visitors. The cornerstone for planning the first Photo Münsingen was laid. In volunteer work we created further exhibition infrastructure, got the support of the municipality of Münsingen, looked for sponsors, created concepts, plans and budgets.

The first Photo Münsingen in 2000

During the Ascension Days, from June 1st to 4th, 2000, the Photo Münsingen was held for the first time, with the three pillars of exhibitions, slide shows and seminars. The theme of the first club competition was "Sunday". 16 photo clubs were already there. These included the clubs from Belp, Solothurn, Thun and Blende 8, who have always given the Münsingen Photo Club strong support ever since. Josef von Mentlen and Walter Gaberthül presented creative works and the Münsingen Photo Club also showed the pictures from the annual competition. Audiovisual slide shows and seminars rounded off the 1st Photo Münsingen. 1 people interested in photography were enthusiastic about the new forum and encouraged us to continue. A lot has proven itself since the first implementation. Every year, the best club work is honored with the "Photo Münsingen Award".

Visitors can vote for their personal favorites and win nice prizes. And the members of the Fotoclub Münsingen get the opportunity to present the pictures from the annual competition for their commitment. The event has been taking place since the beginning of Ascension Day, and thanks to sponsors, entry 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. In the beginning, the pictures were sent in by the clubs, framed and hung according to their specifications. The clubs have recently been delivering their data digitally and the tableaus are being created by Photo Münsingen. At the vernissage, everyone is eagerly awaiting the award ceremony and the coveted «Photo Münsingen Award». Photoclub Sense won the first issue on the subject of "Sunday". We maintain close contact with our photo clubs from Riedisheim (F) and Kirchzarten (D) and show each other pictures. Other clubs, teams and photo schools regularly present their work at Photo Münsingen.

Creative solo exhibitions

Over the past 20 years, more than 400 photo exhibitions have been presented in the ideal Schlossgut area of ​​Münsingen. New locations were added all the time. The outdoor exhibitions connect the nine houses and create the unique ambience. The choice of photographers and the placement of the exhibitions is exciting and the encounters with the creative personalities are always highly 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.

Unforgettable are Martin Eisenhawer's "Winter Ghosts of Hokkaido" in the Blumenhaus, and Christian Heeb's portraits of Indians in Schlossallee. 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 Spycher youth center, 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 a 12-screen arena. A further 10 authors were now able to present exhibitions digitally 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 imparting and further developing knowledge about photography was a strategic goal right from the start. Hard to believe, but in the first Photo Münsingen seminars on toning and coloring of pictures were offered. The first courses in digital photography soon followed. It was often exhibiting photographers who passed on their knowledge in courses. The program offered the full spectrum of photography: image design, 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 was also a hit. Even Calvin Hollywood paid his respects in Münsingen. Andri Pol led a reportage workshop and in the photo courses by Christoph Ris and Martin Zurmühle, active photography was always in the foreground. The photographers present gave more and more interesting lectures about their work and working methods.


The program always included surprising and creative special events: a slide show in 3D, the large camera obscura of the Thun photo club, 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. A sponsor from the very beginning was AGFA. In 2000, Walter Weber very spontaneously supported the first project «Photo Münsingen». With the digital development, the film production had to be shut down and the collaboration stopped. In 2014, paths crossed again with Walter Weber. Now head of the Photo Division Switzerland at Fujifilm. Photo Video Zumstein Bern, Nikon, Fujifilm and Cewe have been the main sponsors in recent years. Close and friendly partnerships have developed with many other sponsors.

The more than 4 photo-loving visitors every year and the unique atmosphere at Photo Münsingen convinced the partners to support our project. Ultimately, events like this awaken enthusiasm for photos, cameras and technology. The municipality of Münsingen is also involved financially and materially. At this point I would like to say a big thank you to the sponsors and partners for their great commitment and the very pleasant cooperation.

The organization of Photo Münsingen

Photo Münsingen is part of the Münsingen Photo Club. In the beginning, responsibility lay with the board of directors. With the annual growth of Photo Münsingen, the organizational team was also expanded with specialists from outside the club. Photo Münsingen would not have been possible without the support of the photo clubs Belp, Thun, Solothurn, Blende 8 and many helpers from other clubs. The OK is now active all year round. After Photo Münsingen is before Photo Münsingen. Looking back, it is almost unbelievable how many new exhibition locations have been created in the entire Schlossgut area of ​​Münsingen and how new infrastructure has been realized with passion and know-how.

The Fotoclub Münsingen itself also benefits enormously from Photo Münsingen. The number of members has increased to 60. As a highlight, the photo club won the "Photo Münsingen Award" in 2009 and was also awarded the culture prize of the municipality of Münsingen.

The magical power of a vision

The vision has long since become reality. A unique photo forum emerged from the beer idea. Photo Münsingen has established itself over the past 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 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

For the first time in Switzerland: René Groebli, NUDES

The famous Swiss photographer René Groebli turns 90 this year. With his youthful vigor and great esprit, he realizes exhibitions and new illustrated books from his immense work worldwide. After the sensual series “The Eye of Love”, René Groebli now presents the «NUDES» exhibition. It will be shown for the first time in Switzerland at Photo Münsingen in the castle.

The artistic nudes were created over a period of more than fifty years and show the photographer's unique, clearly recognizable signature. With their coarse grain, the images convey a nostalgic, playful but timeless elegance.

René Groebli can be met personally at Photo Münsingen for guided tours and book signings:
Thursday, May 25th and Sunday, May 28th 2017, at 14.30 p.m. each time.

That's what it takes for a Photo Münsingen to stand

After Photo Münsingen is before Photo Münsingen. First, the print and electronic exhibitions are committed and distributed to the rooms and outdoor areas. with René Groebli we were able to win the doyen of Swiss photography for the second time for Photo Münsingen 2017. He will present the "NUDES" exhibition, which has never been shown in Switzerland before.

The centerpiece of the Photo Münsingen is again this year Competition among photo clubs. The theme of the current competition is: "A place to stay". This year 57 photo clubs from Germany and abroad are taking part in the competition. The preparations for the exhibition and the judging of the competition are in full swing.

Seminars and Lectures are another mainstay. They enable you to deepen photographic knowledge and skills. This year the diverse offer ranges from wedding photography with Felix Peter to photo reportage by Valérie Chételat.

Audiovisual productions are the third pillar of Photo Münsingen. the Brief reviews by international authors are put together in blocks of 30 minutes.

And how do we finance everything? The 18th edition also does not require entry. We are lucky with longtime sponsors and partners to work, who value the uniqueness of Photo Münsingen, to come into contact with an interested audience here. Fujifilm will be the new main sponsor alongside Nikon, CEWE and Zumstein Foto and will be presenting the new mirrorless GFX 2017S medium format camera with 50 megapixels at Photo Münsingen 51,4.

Further income comes from seminar fees, participation fees from the photo clubs, catering and donations from visitors.

Ultimately, however, Photo Münsingen only works if the organizing committee, the departments and the more than 100 helpers work together on a voluntary basis.

Niklaus Messer, Sponsoring & PR Department

Passion for "historical photography"

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The reconstruction of a darkroom wagon from around 1870 will be used for the first time at Photo Münsingen 2016 as part of the wet plate workshops.

Peter Michels and Nadine Reding share a passion for historical photography. The two got to know each other during a discussion on a social media portal. After an intensive exchange, they began to intensify their cooperation.

Peter Michel's artistic passion lies in taking photographs using historical techniques. He has written a textbook on wet plate technology; 'The Collodium' has now become the standard work in German. Michels moves passionately on every photographic stage, whether digital or analog, as an artist as well as a curator. Peter Michels founded the in 2005 Fotokultur GmbH in Wald (ZH), in 2015 the publishing house Fotokultur Medien in Tuttlingen (DE) was added. He works for institutional clients such as museums as well as private companies.

Nadine Reding was the last photo retoucher to complete her apprenticeship in Switzerland and studied the restoration and conservation of photographs. She continued her education at the George Eastman House in Rochester and in Vienna. She has been working in her studio for over 10 years focus for photo restoration in Bern. She works for the Musée de l'Elysée, various state archives, the ETH image archive in Zurich and many more.

At the Photo Münsingen, the two share a tent on the Schlossplatz. Of course, you can learn the wet plate technique in Peter Michels' workshops or have your own portrait taken. Nadine Reding shows historical photographs from her collection and is happy to give tips on how to keep her valuable family photos so that later generations can enjoy them as well.

Another special attraction are Washi films: a few years ago a young Frenchman came up with the idea of ​​making a paper film. After a few experiments, he made his breakthrough on Japanese Washi paper, and a new kind of creative product was born. If you have a medium format camera, you can pick up a Washi paper film in the tent, try it out and then develop it yourself under supervision in the evening.