Exhibition «Jules Decrauzat - Swiss Pioneer of Photo Reportage» on show until October 11th



53109330 - Kilomètre lancé, Genève, 14 septembre 1919, Robert sur sa Motosacoche 500 ccm.  -  Photo by KEYSTONE | Photopress-Archiv | Jules Decrauzat


JULES DECRAUZAT (1879-1960) - Switzerland's First Photo Reporter

A selection from 1250 glass negatives from between 1910 and 1930, which withstood the ravages of time in the KEYSTONE archives, can be seen in an exhibition at the Fotostiftung Schweiz.

Important note: The exhibition in Winterthur can be seen until October 11th, 2015.


While the quality of the photographs was well-known, the circumstances under which they were taken were largely obscure. As a result of intense research work by Damian Christinger and Medea Hoch, the beginnings of photojournalism in Switzerland can be re-examined. The glass negatives are the work of Jules Decrauzat (1879-1960), who was born in Biel and most likely Switzerland’s first significant photojournalist. His snapshots from the early 20th century captured the zeitgeist of a society which stood on the threshold of modernism.


The exhibition is accompanied by a book on Jules Decrauzat, published by the Echtzeit Verlag, Basel.


The exhibition - «Life, a Sport. Jules Decrauzat - Pioneer of Photo Reportage», at the  Fotostiftung Schweiz (Swiss Foundation for Photography), Winterthur, until October 11th. An accompanying programme with special guided tours allows for a deeper understanding of the Swiss photo reportage pioneer, on September 23rd, 6.30pm, with Juri Steiner on the subject  «Temporausch und Körperkult».

The book - «Jules Decrauzat - Der erste Fotoreporter der Schweiz», Echtzeit Verlag, Basel, hard-back, 240 pages, with approximately 100 double-sided photographs and a biographical essay,  CHF 48.-.




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