I photographed over a fifteen-year span in the countries of Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, and Myanmar. Over this extended period of time, I established trust with his subjects enabling me to venture further away from the mainstream tourist locations. I began to focus on the true essence of the people, the subtleties that make their life evolve, accessing what I call their spiritual guiding light. “I resisted depicting the typical visual transitions, such as the new electronic devices, the high-rise buildings going up like mushrooms, the freeways built as quickly as sand castles, the modern transportation, the influence of western clothing, the packaged food, and the old villages turned into tourist attractions. Instead, I explored how all these changes impacted the essence of their lives; family, work, and the basic needs for survival that are essential to life.”
I watched people and started to feel their emotions about change, their worries, their acceptance. I witnessed them falling behind, trying to hold on to their comfort zones, their culture, and their spirituality. Everyone that I interacted with described transition differently, but one thing that was common was that the typical visual signs of "progress" were the least of their worries. The loss of emotional connection with themselves and their communities was their most significant concern.
The show companion is the book published by True North Editions, which won 9 awards for best photography book of 2019. Further information about the book can be found at www.culturesintransition.com
My studies in physics and photography were the catalyst for my love of light and the complexity of our existence. I capture our cultural changes, the environments we inhabit, and the insights into the modern world constantly unfolding in new and unexpected ways.
My work has been published with National Geographic, Days of Japan, Black & White magazine, Popular Photography magazine, DailyMail, My Modern Met, FeatureShoot, 6 mois Magazine, Weather.com, among others. In 2019, my book, Cultures In Transition won NINE AWARDS for best photography book (IPPY, International Book Awards, PubWest, Mifa, Foreword Indies, PX3, IPA, IBPA). In 2018, I was selected as Black and White photographer of the year 2018 by Dodho magazine, won the SpotLight Award by Black and White Magazine and was chosen as Critical Mass Top 50 fine art photographer (2016 & 2018). In 2017, my project “Circus” was selected as Top 50 projects “Seeing in Sixes” by LensWork Magazine.
My images have been exhibited at solo shows at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California; PhotoCentral Gallery, Hayward, California; Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana; Camerawork Gallery, Portland, Oregon; BWGallerist, RedFilter Online Gallery; Shadows Gallery, Arles, France; Fotofever Art Faire, Paris; Conti Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I am a master of the new digital printing process called Piezography. By using a combination of pigment ink and a proprietary profiling process I produce enhanced highlight and shadow details that exceed what is capable of using silver-based or platinum-based traditional darkroom processes.
Originally from Switzerland, I reside in Los Gatos, California with my wife.