Wakker Prize 2018 awarded to «Nova Fundaziun Origen», Riom (Grisons)

09.01.2018

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The winter theater «Cavadeira», a repurposed barn of the cultural festival «Origen» in Riom, Photo by Christian Beutler | KEYSTONE

 

In the cultural heritage year 2018, the Swiss Heritage Society honors the «Nova Fundaziun Origen» in Riom, in the canton of Grisons, with the Wakker Prize 2018. The foundation and its culture festival «Origen» give the built heritage and thus the entire village new perspectives. The basis for this is provided by the local cultural heritage, which, thanks to Origen, radiates far beyond the region.

Since 1972, the Swiss Heritage Society annually awards the Wakker Prize to a municipality. On the occasion of the cultural heritage year 2018, not a community, but, for the first time, a civil society organization receives the award.

Photographer Christian Beutler visited Riom and captured it in pictures and videos.

 

 

Today is Monday, not BLACK MONDAY (SCHWARZER MONTAG) !

27.11.2017

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Deers, Michigan, c. 1912; George Shiras © National Geographic Creative Archive (above), pack of wolves, Untervaz, 19.01.2014; Rebé Gadient © KORA.

 

Images of the present and of those that must not be forgotten. Pictures of George Shiras and those that no longer exist «Der Zerfall» («The Decay»). Talks about photography with Alixandra Fazzina, Pep Bonet or Nancy Borowick and those who were never conducted.


Three years ago, KEYSTONE launched the photography platform SCHWARZER MONTAG (BLACK MONDAY). After the first nine events we took a break for reflection and then reported back, first with «Das Tuch» («The Sheet», February 2016), then with «Der Zug» («The Train», April 2016), «Die Katzen» («The Cats», June 2016), «Der Zerfall» («The Decay», September 2016), a talk with Alixandra Fazzina and Pep Bonet (October 2016), «Die Fotofalle» («The Photo-trap», February 2017), a talk with Nancy Borowick about her book «The Family Imprint. A Daughter’s Portrait of Love and Loss» (March 2017), «Die Flüchtlinge» («The Refugees», May 2017) and finally «Dummies» (June 2017).

Photography has always been the focal point. It was always the medium itself that we wanted to address. Then we started publishing a newspaper for each event. We can only recommend that you read once again the text «LAFERZL» by Ann Cotten («Der Zerfall»), or the text by Valentin Groebner for «FLÜCHTLINGSFOTOGRAFIE» («Die Flüchlinge»), or the interpretation order «Maquette hin - Maquette her» by André Vladimir-Heiz («Dummies»). Just because of this magnificent treasure alone, it is worth keeping the newspapers in order to take them out again at the right moment - and to be able to delve into the subject again.

The SCHWARZER MONTAG (BLACK MONDAY) goes on, when we don't know yet, but it goes on. Again we take a break from thinking, looking for new forms and new ideas. We are convinced that a photographic platform is needed, raw, independent, committed only to the medium itself. So be patient, the BLACK MONDAY returns!

 


«Schwarzer Montag» at Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich
www.schwarzermontag.ch  |  schwarzermontag@keystone.ch

 

 

SDA and Keystone merge to form a multimedia media company

30.10.2017

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Press release

Focus on innovative, integrated information offerings from one source

Bern/Zurich, 30 October 2017 – Two well-established companies in the Swiss media sector enter into a merger: SDA founded in 1894, Switzerland’s leading provider of news reports, and the picture agency Keystone founded in 1953, will merge from 1 January 2018 to form the multimedia company KEYSTONE–SDA. The Austria Press Agency (APA) will act as a strategic technology partner with representation on the Board of Directors as a major shareholder.

“Our motivation in merging SDA and Keystone is to provide our customers with highquality, multimedia information products in text, pictorial, infographic and video format. This reflects, on the one hand, our customers’ changing needs while at the same time providing us with a platform on which to further the company's strategic development,” is how Dr. Hans Heinrich Coninx, President of the Board of Directors of SDA, explains the rationale for the merger.

This merger marks an even closer rapprochement between two strong partners. KEYSTONE–SDA will leverage the strengths and competencies of SDA and its subsdiary Keystone to an even greater degree: its presence throughout the country, trilingual capability, regional roots, the quality of its journalism and longstanding customer relationships.

Added value for customers

The merger offers a range of advantages to customers: “We can greatly reduce the complexity of the technologically integrated production of multimedia content. That will make us quicker, thus directly benefiting our customers,” say SDA CEO Markus Schwab and Keystone CEO Jann Jenatsch. “In the future, they will be able enter their requirements in terms of the content and format of their coverage directly into our shared Agenda tool, thus enabling us to speed up the creation of client-specific products. An added benefit stems from pooling our competencies. In effect, we're getting the best of both worlds,” explain Schwab and Jenatsch in support of the merger’s business rationale.

Expansion of Business areas

In addition to its main business: producing news reports and images for media companies, KEYSTONE–SDA will focus on building up its business with clients from outside the media, i.e. companies, authorities and organisations. A third business area is the development of digital services to process, refine and market content, such as client-specific apps.

Technological partnership with Austria Press Agency

The Austria Press Agency (APA) will incorporate its technological competence for the development and provision of multimedia and especially digital offerings as part of its long-term IT cooperation. For ten years, SDA and APA have been closely related through their shared financial interest in Keystone. SDA and APA have already been closely connected to Keystone for ten years since acquiring joint ownership of the company. “Our longstanding relationship based on trust is the best platform on which to enter into a strategic partnership. For all three agencies, this transaction is a win-win situation. I am convinced that this shared participation will result in a forward-looking and sustainable strengthening of independent, multimedia- and technology-orientated news agencies in both countries,“ says Dr Clemens Pig, CEO of APA. The APA subsidiary APA IT, Austria’s leading IT information provider, will deliver the services for media solutions, IT outsourcing and content management.

The merger of SDA and Keystone will take the form of a shareholding exchange: APA will contribute its 50% share in Keystone to the new company in return for 30% of the shares in KEYSTONE–SDA. “We are delighted about the joint realisation of this crossborder participation and technological project and we wish the new Swiss news agency group a prosperous future with the APA,“ enthuse Hermann Petz, Chairman of the Management Board and Alexander Wrabetz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Austria Press Agency.

 

Executive board and board of directors

Photo by Christian Beutler/ KEYSTONE

The new Executive Board will consist of Markus Schwab, CEO (current CEO of SDA), 2nd from left, Jann Jenatsch, Chief Operations Officer (current CEO of Keystone), 2nd from right, Rainer Kupper, Chief Marketing Officer (current CMO of Keystone), left, and Daniel Mathys, CFO (current CFO of Keystone), right. The Board of Directors will consist of the former SDA Directors Dr. Hans Heinrich Coninx (President), Hanspeter Lebrument (Vice President) Walter Bachmann, Ulrich Eckstein, Matthias Hagemann, Sandra Jean, Hanspeter Kellermüller, Serge Raymond and Giacomo Salvioni, plus Dr Clemens Pig (CEO of APA) and Karin Thiller (Managing Director at APA).

Longstanding Editor-in-chief and Director of Sales, Bernard Maissen welcomes the merger but will be leaving the organisation. He has successfully implemented the Board’s strategy of further developing SDA into a multimedia news agency. He will be leaving SDA after 25 years, half of which have been spent leading the editorial team and directing the business. The Board wishes to thank Bernard Maissen for his enormous contribution and wish him all the best for the future.

The merger is subject to the approval of the Swiss and Austrian Competition Commissions and the approval of the shareholders at the General Meetings of SDA AG and Keystone AG. The merger is scheduled for completion in Q2 2018 with retroactive effect from 1 January 2018.

 

About SDA

Schweizerische Depeschenagentur AG (SDA) is Switzerland’s national news agency in the ownership of the Swiss media. It provides a comprehensive, independent news service round-the-clock on such issues as politics, economics, culture, social and miscellaneous topics in the three national languages of German, French and Italian. It thus ensures a steady supply of news for the Swiss media from within and outside Switzerland. The company was founded in 1894 on the guiding principles of independence, solidarity and innovativeness. Moreover, it has stakes in the other agency areas, such as pictures or financial news. SDA Group based in Bern has 15 locations in German-speaking Switzerland, Romandy and Ticino.

About KEYSTONE

Keystone was founded in 1953 as a Swiss subsidiary of the American KEYSTONE View Company founded in 1891. Keystone is an independent limited company owned by SDA and the Austria Press Agency APA (50% each). Keystone is Switzerland’s leading picture agency with over 75 employees, including 16 full-time photographers and a dozen video journalists. Through its global network with partner agencies and many freelance photographers, Keystone has over 15 million images in its database plus a historical archive with over 10 million pictures, which form a major part of Switzerland’s visual memory. Besides the media, Keystone also counts companies, advertising agencies, organisations and associations among its customers.

About APA - Austria Presse Agentur EG

APA – Austria Press Agency is Austria’s national news agency and leading information service provider. It is owned by twelve Austrian newspapers and the ORF (Austrian Television). The APA Group is made up of the news agency, which is cooperatively organised, and three one hundred percent subsidiaries. It operates in the business areas of news agency, picture agency, information management and information technology. The APA editorial offices provide real time news services in writing, pictures, graphics, audio and video, the subsidiaries provide dissemination, research and knowledge management services as well as information technology solutions.

 

Contact:

Keystone AG Rainer Kupper, CMO Grubenstrasse 45 8045 Zürich Telefon: +41 44 200 13 00 Email: info@keystone.ch Web: www.keystone.ch

Schweizerische Depeschenagentur AG Winfried Kösters, Redaktionsleiter Deutsch Länggassstrasse 7 3001 Bern Tel. +41 31 309 33 33 Fax +41 31 309 30 30 Email: sekretariat.reda@sda-ats.ch Web: www.sda-ats.ch

 

Press Release (PDF)
High-Res image of the board of directors (JPG)

 

 

Workshops @ KEYSTONE «Image Rights», November 28, 2017

25.10.2017

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Bus accident near Sierre (VS), March 2012, Photo by Laurent Gilliéron | KEYSTONE

 

Workshop «Droit à l'image»  (Image Rights)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Tour Edipresse, 11th floor, Avenue de la Gare 33, 1001 Lausanne

 

The one-day workshop provides an overview over the legal bases of the Swiss media and advertising law as well as copyright laws for any questions concerning images (rights of use, personal rights and much more). The participants can send their own practical examples and questions beforehand, which will then be discussed in plenary during the workshop. The workshop will be held in French.

The two legal experts in the fields of media and copyright law, Alexandre Curchod, Attorney of Centralex Avocats, lecturer at the University of Fribourg and Dr. iur. Ralph Schlosser, Attorney of Kasser Schlosser Avocats, will lead through the workshop.  Laurent Gilliéron, Deputy Chief Photographer at KEYSTONE, will complete the programme with examples of typical problems he is confronted with in his daily work.

The workshop is intended to provide assistance and possible solutions to the participants so that they may feel secure in their everyday usage with images.

 

Workshop-Details & Registration
The deadline for registration is November 17, 2017.

 

 

«Swiss Press Photography Network» in the Aarau Museum

18.10.2017

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Ilse Günther, KEYSTONE photographer, taken in 1955 on location with other photographers at the VW factory in Wolfsburg, at the event celebrating the production of the one millionth Volkswagen. © KEYSTONE.



Press images shock, inform, communicate and surprise – in short, they move us.

In the exhibition «Netzwerk Schweizer Pressefotografie» (Swiss Press Photography Network) in the Stadtmuseum Aarau, running from October 20, 2017 to July 8, 2018, the story of the image is followed, from assignment of the job all the way through to publication in the newspaper. This look behind the scenes reveals the people involved in the network, their various professional spheres, and the collaborations involved in bringing the images to the public eye.

The selected press photographs highlight the ever-recurring themes of published imagery, and how these change over time. The images have been sourced from a number of press image archives in Switzerland, including those of KEYSTONE. The reasoning behind the selection of photographs grew out of the image comparison and research work of the Press Image Archive Network, and their resulting publication «Schweizer Pressefotografie. Einblick in die Archive» (Swiss Press Photography: A Look into the Archives).

As part of the programme of events based around the exhibition, a lecture entitled «Ethik in der Pressefotografie»  (Ethics in Press Photography) by Alessandro della Valle, KEYSTONE's chief photographer, will take place on November 16, 2017 at 7.00 p.m.

 

 

Workshops @ KEYSTONE «Image Rights», November 9, 2017

29.09.2017

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Workshop «Das Recht am Bild» (Image Rights)
Tuesday, November 9, 2017, 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
KEYSTONE Foyer, Grubenstrasse 45, 8045 Zurich

 

The one-day workshop provides an overview over the legal bases of the Swiss media and advertising law as well as copyright laws for any questions concerning images (rights of use, personal rights and much more). The participants can send their own practical examples and questions beforehand, which will then be discussed in plenary during the workshop. The workshop will be held in German.

The two legal experts in the fields of media and copyright law, Dr. iur. Rena Zulauf, Attorney in the office of Zulauf Partner, and Dr. Herbert Pfortmüller, Attorney in the office of Meili | Pfortmüller, will lead through the workshop. Alessandro della Valle, Chief Photographer at KEYSTONE, will complete the programme with examples of typical problems he is confronted with in his daily work.

The workshop is intended to provide assistance and possible solutions to the participants so that they may feel secure in their everyday usage with images.

 

Workshop-Details & Registration
The deadline for registration is October 31, 2017.

 

 

 

Contact

KEYSTONE AG
Grubenstrasse 45
CH - 8045 Zurich

+41 44 200 13 00  phone
info@keystone.ch


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