Zurich, Summer 1980.
Photographs by Olivia Heussler.
Editions Patrick Frey, 2010. 120 pp., Color and black & white illustrations, 9x11¾".
Zurich, Summer 1980 is all about barriers, barricades, police in riot gear, demonstrators,
rubber bullets and regular doses of tear gas. 30 years ago, the streets of Zurich were almost
on a war footing. The street battles in summer 1980 marked a shift towards open cultural
politics in Zurich and to comprehensive development and marketing of urban youth culture.
Olivia Heussler was both an activist and a contemporary witness. Her pictures show a summer
whose scenes of violence and joyful happenings changed and made a lasting impact on many