Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present.
A different History of Photography.
Edited by Peter Pfrunder, Fotostiftung Schweiz with Martin Gasser,
and Sabine Münzenmaier.
Prestel, Lakewood, In German w/Eng, 2011. 640 pp., 700 illustrations, 8¾x11".
Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present is the first comprehensive overview
of the major publications that influenced Swiss photography in the 20th century.
Seventy historic photographic books are introduced alongside numerous images,
by expert specialists. The selected works offer a framework for a fresh
look at the development
of photographic styles and forms of expression, from
the beginnings of modern photographic books in the 1930s to their ascendance
in the present day. In-
depth summaries covering the various epochs as well as
a bibliography complement the chronologically laid-out essays on the individual
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary the Fotostiftung Schweiz will add
a companion piece to its earlier standard work on Swiss photography with this
portrait. In doing so they not only recognize numerous outstanding
but also provide an innovative key to understanding the visual
culture of Switzerland. The book is published in parallel to an exhibition at
the Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur.
Read Adam Bell's review of Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present in photo-eye Magazine.