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  |



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.



«Schwarzer Montag» at Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich |



Talk @ SCHWARZER MONTAG with NOOR's Alixandra Fazzina & Pep Bonet



Siamoy breast feeds her month old baby boy Hokim, Afghanistan, 2008. – Photo by Alixandra Fazzina | Noor | Keystone

A talk with Alixandra Fazzina and Pep Bonet will take place at
SCHWARZER MONTAG, Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, Zurich
on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7 pm.

The two acclaimed photographers of KEYSTONE‘s partner agency NOOR will tell about their work at SCHWARZER MONTAG. The talk will be moderated by Asmara Pelupessy, Editor & Projects Director at NOOR Images, and Jann Jenatsch, Managing Director at KEYSTONE.


Alixandra Fazzina (UK, 1974) focuses with her photography on under-reported conflicts and the often forgotten humanitarian consequences of war. Alixandra has an uncanny ability to work in the most difficult social and geographical environments and is recognized for her compassionate and empathetic approach towards the human condition, always fully aware of the bigger picture.

Studying Fine Art, she began her career as a war artist in Bosnia. Since then, she has worked independently as a photojournalist throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Alixandra worked over a period of two years to chronicle the exodus of migrants and refugees from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula. The resulting book “A Million Shillings: Escape from Somalia” was published by Trolley (2010) and re-launched in Arabic (2011).


Pep Bonnet (Mallorca, 1974) is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who has travelled extensively capturing profound moments that represent the unbalanced world in which we live. His longer-term projects focus on African issues, with his most well known project being “Faith in Chaos”, a photo essay on the aftermath of the war in Sierra Leone. Pep’s ongoing work around the globe on HIV/Aids and identity has led to several photography books and many exhibitions worldwide.

He is also known for a long-term reportage on the rock ‘n roll band Motörhead. Pep spent many years (2008-2015) on the road with Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary singer of the band and created an exceptional visual document of the many hours spent on the road with Motörhead.

«Schwarzer Montag» at Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich |




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Sat 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays



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«The President» | in planning

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