On the 9th of October he will celebrate his 90th birthday, and we will take this opportunity to look back on his career and talk about some moments in photographic history between New York, Paris and Zurich – His work from 1945–1955 is key in seeing and understanding the development of European photography, through his Modernist techniques and his own timeless vision.
The work of René Groebli has been shown worldwide over the last 60 years. Most notably his participation in Otto Steinert’s famous ‘Subjektive Fotografie’ exhibition in 1951 and 1954, as well as in the ‘The Family of Man’ exhibition that Edward Steichen organized for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. René Groebli was represented together with the Swiss photographers Werner Bischof, Robert Frank and Gotthard Schuh. In 1954 the Council of Swiss photographers accepted him together with Robert Frank as members, and in 1957 the American magazine Color Annual honoured him as Master of Color.
His first two books were ‘Magie der Schiene’ (Rail Magic, 1949) a poetic and Modernist essay, and ‘Das Auge der Liebe’ (The Eye of Love, 1954). Both books became important classics in the history of the photography book. The Zurich based publisher Sturm & Drang has re-released both this year to celebrate René Groebli’s 90th birthday.
The talk will be in German, questions will also be taken in English.
Saturday 30th September, 5pm