The Photobook and its Authors

November 28, 2015 – February 13, 2016

Dominik Stauch in collaboration with Thomi Wolfensberger and with the participation of Bernhard Bischoff & Partner, The Big Showdown, Wolfsberg-Verlag (Ed.), Zurich: Wolfsberg-Verlag 2011. Prints and Drawings Department of the Swiss National Library, Bern © Thomi Wolfensberger, Photo: Swiss National Library
Dominik Stauch, The Big Showdown, Zürich: Wolfensberg-Verlag, 2011
© Thomi Wolfensberger, Foto: NB, Simon Schmid

A photobook, as the word suggests it, is a book of photographs. But if this definition looks simple and clear, it actually hides a great variety of different types of photobooks. The exhibition encompasses photobooks from the 1990s onwards, from the very rich collection of the Swiss National Library. It is a selection of books made by Swiss artists or photographers, or released by Swiss publishing houses. The exhibition wishes to show the various relationships between book and photography and is a reflection upon the book as a format and as a medium of creation today, where photography reveals its multiple dimensions.

After "Unikat-Unicum. Artist's Books" (2014), "The Photobook and its Authors" is the second exhibition about artist's books from the Swiss National Library and organized within the research project supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), entitled "Artists and Books (1880-2015). Switzerland as a Cultural Platform".

Curators: Susanne Bieri, Nathalie Dietschy

A scientific colloquium focusing on the subject of the exhibition will take place on November 27.

Opening hours

Mon to Fri 10 am–6 pm, Sat 10 am–4 pm

Free entry


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