Portraits - Femmes de Suisse
Portraits of Women in Switzerland
Artistic portraits full of calm intensity
On the essence of photographing people in the midst of the current flood of images
With an essay by Tatyana Franck, director of the Musée d'Élisée in Lausanne
Christian Scholz is a contemporary photographer of the old school. For thirty years he has been exploring the puzzling sign system of the human face in the project 501 – Portraitwerk Schweiz. Consistently analogue, in black-and-white and natural light. An undertaking of almost encyclopaedic dimensions.
The illustrated book Femmes de Suisse provides insight into the overall work, while at the same time being an independent project. It presents portraits of women, exclusively. With no focus on any idea of beauty, no folklore and no documentary intention. We see women from all parts of the country and from different social groups, known and unknown. Beside the portrait of a politician is one of a school pupil or else of an artist, farmer, secretary or art collector. In the course of intense encounters, Scholz takes portraits full of respect for his sitters.
About the artist:
Works by art photographer Christian Scholz (* 1951 in Stockholm) are to be found in collections at home and abroad. His unique and almost unrestrained interest is in time, and he regards the camera as a tool for giving time a face, for example, through the classical portrait. He lives and works in Zurich.