| Michael Graffenried|
| May 7, 1957 (age 58) (1957-05-07) Bern|Michael von Graffenried Wikipedia
Michael von Graffenried (born 1957) is a Swiss photographer living and working between Paris, Brooklyn and Switzerland.
He started working as a photojournalist in 1978, travelling the world for numerous publications. Today he works on long-term projects using different kinds of media to showcase his artwork, such as open-air campaigns on public billboards and films. His work has appeared in numerous international magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Life, Paris Match, Le Monde, Geo, Stern and El Paìs. With his films, videos, photos, and also as a guest, he has contributed to many television programs in Europe. He has exhibited widely in Switzerland and France, as well as in New York City, Algiers, Hong Kong and Beirut.
He first became known in Switzerland for work focused on his hometown, including the Swiss Parliament, where his pictures of members of parliament looking sleepy, or caught in unflattering poses, assured him a reputation for insolcite ence. The American photography critic Vicki Goldberg wrote about his use of humor in the New York Times and drew comparisons with Robert Frank and René Burri.
It was his work on Algeria, which made his reputation internationally. For ten years, he regularly traveled the country, which was plagued by civil war, and took pictures with an old panoramic camera held at waist height, operating it without using the viewfinder. His panoramic work, which has become his signature, has been the subject of several books and an exhibition at La Villette in Paris in 1998, before being presented in Algiers in 2000. He also produced the movie War Without Images - Algeria, I Know That You Know, with the director Mohammed Soudani. The documentary film sees him go in search of Algerians he had photographed during the civil war. In 2002, the film was presented at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Michael von Graffenried originally worked for the printed press, where he was able to have strong control over the use of his pictures. In order to justify the trust placed in him by his photographic subjects and to maintain his independence and integrity, he has always refused to join a news agency or publishing company.
He then shifted to a more conceptual approach to his photography, erecting large format, panoramic versions of his work on billboards in major Swiss cities: CocaineLove on (illegal) drugs, and Eye on Africa (Cameroon). The curator and interviewer Hans-Ulrich Obrist commented on Graffenried's method of working with the old panoramic Widelux, saying that his body becomes the camera and that his photographs do not have an Inside or Outside anymore. The viewer is Immersed.
Graffenried does not hesitate to use his fame to express his political views. He was an outspoken supporter of the "NO" vote during the Swiss minaret referendum, the popular initiative approved by a majority of voters on November 29, 2009. The minaret ban is now part of the Constitution.
In 2014, he joined the team who created sept.info, a Swiss online news site. Here, he instigated the publication of a weekly printed magazine, cut in the exact shape of an iPad. This allowed readers to place the magazine inside their iPad, where they could then choose to either read their printed copy or the sept.info online content on screen. He was the art director of sept.info until 2015. Many of his photographer friends participated in this publishing experience.1989 World Press Photo Award for his series Sowjet Artists in Moscow during the Perestroika.
2006 Legion of Honour Medal awarded by the Minister of Culture (France).
2010 Dr. Erich Salomon Award awarded by the German Society of Photography.
2000 Algeria – War without images by Mohammed Soudani
2004 Michael von Graffenried – Photo Suisse (EN) by Andreas Hössli
2005 Cocainelove by mvg and Roland Lanz
2009 Shoreditch Stories by Peter Balzli
2009 Minaret in Bricklane London
2012 On the Edge by Mohammed Soudani
2014 mvgphoto Channel
1989 Swiss image, Bern : Benteli, OCLC 23925554
1991 Swiss people, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne : J. Genoud, OCLC 80809652
1995 Sudan, a forgotten war, Bern : Benteli, OCLC 75557675
1997 Naked in Paradise, Stockport : Dewi Levis, ISBN 1-899235-85-X
1998 Inside Algeria, New York: Aperture, (Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-85810)
1998 Algérie, photographies d'une guerre sans images, Paris : Hazan, OCLC 40760017
2005 The Eye of Switzerland : 15 years of Swiss Press Photo, Wabern-Bern : Benteli, OCLC 71255254
2005 Cocaine Love, Benteli, Wabern, OCLC 58602649
2009 Eye on Africa, Basel, Schwabe Verlag, ISBN 9783796525827
2010 Outing, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Conversation avec Hans Ulrich Obrist à Londres
2014 Bierfest, Göttingen, Steidl, ISBN 9783869306803
2016 Changing Rio, Zurich, Offizin, OCLC 934152966
2016 Changing Rio, Maison de France, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Bierfest, Esther Wordehoff Gallery, Paris
2012 On the Edge (on public billboards), Varanasi, India
2012 Shoreditch Stories, London
2012 Inside Cairo, Parker's Box Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2012 35 mm Film, Leica Gallery, New York
2010 Eye on Africa, Esther Wordehoff Gallery, Paris
2010 Outing, Retrospective, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
2009 Eye on Africa, Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern, Switzerland
2008 War without images - Algeria, Hangar - UMAM, Beirut, Lebanon
2007 Our Town, Kornhausforum Museum Bern, Switzerland
2007 Inside Cairo, On the rooftop in Downtown Cairo, photography installation, Egypt
2006 Graffenried in page, Esther Woerdehoff Gallery, Paris - Month of Photography
2006 Our Town, Bank of the Arts, New Bern, North Carolina, United States
2005 Rosanna, Astrid, Peter and the others, Swiss National Museum, Zurich
2003 Michael von Graffenried – World Panorama, Library of the city of Bordeaux, France
2003 Museum of Fine arts Bern, Switzerland (Curated by Harald Szeemann)
2002 Helveticum 02, Museum of Art, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2000 Algérie, photographies d’une guerre sans images, National Library El Hamma, Algiers
1999 World Panorama, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
1998 Algérie, photographies d’une guerre sans images, Paris - Month of Photography, Pavillon Delouvrier, Parc de la Villette, Paris
1997 Naked in Paradise, Witkin Gallery, New York
1997 Naked in Paradise, Galerie Scalo, Zurich, Switzerland
1997 Sudan, Museum Zündorfer Wehrturm, Cologne, Germany
1997 Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris
Michael von Graffenrieds photographs are in the permanent collections of the Swiss Foundation for Photography in Winterthur, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and The Pilara Foundation in San Francisco, USA.