Talk @ SCHWARZER MONTAG with Nancy Borowick



Photo © Nancy Borowick


The Family Imprint : Love and Strength in the Face of Mortality

Talk @ SCHWARZER MONTAG with Nancy Borowick
Monday, March 27,
2017 , 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (in English)

« As a child, I simply couldn't imagine life without my parents, » says Nancy Borowick (*1985). « I assumed that they would be there for every important milestone in my life, and that they would grow old together. I never thought that I would lose them both by the time I was twenty-nine. »

It is a story of life and death. Nancy Borwowick's pictures of Howie and Laurel and their changing relationship after the cancer diagnosis. Borowick first began taking photos of her parents as a way to spend more time with them during their treatment. For hours she watched them, as they were hooked up to beeping machines that pumped the poisonous chemotherapy through their veins. With the help of her camera, Borowick conquered a space for herself, where, although she was present, she could also protect herself from harsh reality. The camera allowed her a context, and a familiar lens through which she could be there with her parents, but also keep a safe distance.

The photographer realized that the story she was documenting was not just a documentary of the illness. Rather, it was about family, her family, and living life in this new reality. Her parents were always more than their illness, and strongly refused to be defined solely by them. Nancy Borowick chose to document her paernt's final chapters in order to hold on to their memory, and to capture their essence and strength. She wanted to focus on their love, both individually and for each other. She says that everyone wants to find purpose in their lives, and that Howie and Laurel's final purpose was found in this moment, in the gift they gave her of allowing her to tell their story. This is their legacy.

Due to the limited number of seats, we ask you to register until March 22, 2017 sending an email to Thank you very much.




Publisher Nancy Borowick
Text Nancy Borowick, James Estrin
(edited by Alison Morley)

2017. 192 pages, 200 pictures.
Bound, 23 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4248-1
Hatje Cantz


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George Shiras and «Die Fotofalle»



Photos by KORA (above) und George Shiras © National Geographic Creative Archive (below)

For the deer that landed in the heart of the dark night in the photo-trap («Die Fotofalle») of George Shiras III (1859-1942), the fright must have been terrible. Shiras, who devoted himself with a lot of passion to animal photography, was satisfied: his experiment with one of the first photo traps ever succeeded. The flash machine consisted of three burning alcohol lamps and a plastic bulb, which sprayed into the flames on a flash of lightning (a kind of forerunner of the Molotov cocktail). Shiras used a second camera, which was triggered with a slight delay, in order to capture the startled animals. Only then could the movements be captured with the camera.

Until the end of March, eleven original photographs of George Shiras can be seen in the SCHWARZER MONTAG. To the work of the former National Geographic photographer and inventor of the photo-trap, a wonderful book has been published, «George Shiras - In the Heart of the Dark Night» (L'Intérieur de la nuit),  Editions Xavier Barral, which can be obtained at SCHWARZER MONTAG ( En / Fr).

On Monday, February 20, 2017, Fridolin Zimmermann, a specialist for lynxes, will talk at the SCHWARZER MONTAG about the optimal set-up and setting up of photo cases. We would be pleased to invite you to the event at the Westflügel in Zurich. Opening at 6 p.m., Talk at 6.30 p.m.

Following to the presentation «Die Fotofalle» (photo-trap) a small newspaper will be published (in German language only). The newspaper can be obtained at the Westflügel or ordered here free of charge. 

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Christmas Sale at «SCHWARZER MONTAG» | Sat/Sun, December 3/4 and 17/18, 2016




Christmas sale at  «SCHWARZER MONTAG» 
open also on Saturday & Sunday, December 3 / 4  and 17 / 18, 2016,
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

at the Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich

SCHWARZER MONTAG reviews all the past exhibitions during the Advent season.

13 x SCHWARZER MONTAG, that’s 13 stories to immerse oneself, marvel and smile…

           «The Decay»

           «The Cats»

           «The Train» by Kazuma Obara

           «The Sheet»

           «Amelia & the Animals» by Robin Schwartz

           «Jules Decrauzat - Pioneer of Photo Reportage»

           «Homophobia in Russia» by Mads Nissen

           «Pflanzenkunde» (Botany) by Hans Hansen

           «Willi Ruge - The Man behind the Camera»

           «10 by MAGNUM»

          «Agenturbilder 1-24»

          «Back to the Future» by Irina Werning

          «Fan» ba Rian Dundon

Come and find rarities or bargains, or what you have spent a long time looking for, as exclusive presents.

We are happy to invite you to toast the Advent season and 13 x SCHWARZER MONTAG with us, and to celebrate contemporary photography, so it doesn’t sink into oblivion.



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