«The Refugees» (Die Flüchtlinge)



Photos © Christian Grund und © Mads Nissen


SCHWARZER MONTAG deals with «The Refugees» (Die Flüchtlinge) by two renown photographers: Christian Grund (photograph above left) and Mads Nissen (photograph above right). Both photographers were more or less at the same time in the same place - on tzhe premises of an abandoned freight station in Belgrade, Serbia, where they documented the fate of stranded refugees. By contrasting the two works, we believe that we can tell the viewer s story that sensitizes him to the image and which can also direct consciousness to the medium itself. 

On Monday, May 8, 2017, from 6:30 pm we will be talking with the two photographers Christian Grund and Mads Nissen, a discussion and a talk about refugee photography. The moderation is led by Valentin Groebner. We would be pleased to invite you to the event to the Westflügel.


The newspaper «Die Flüchtlinge» (The Refugees) with a text by Valentin Groebner will be published at the SCHWARZER MONTAG event. The newspaper can be obtained from the 8th of May 2017 in the Westflügel or ordered here free of charge.

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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 schwarzermontag@keystone.ch. 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. 

«Schwarzer Montag» im Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich
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«The Photo-Trap» - from Monday, February 20th, 2017 extended to the end of April

«The Refugees» - from Monday, May 8th, 2017 to the end of May 2017


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