Lovers of wrenching, joyous, perplexing, stunning photography, get ready. The evening of 14 October 2017, the Plainpalais quarter of Geneva and the Alhambra Theatre will be a giant gallery with special photo and film expos presented on large screens and in not-so-large frames at seven sites.
Launched by the city of Geneva, for the first-time, No’ Photo is a selective yet broad snapshot of contemporary international photography within historical context.
More than 40 photographers will be featured at theatres, museums, galleries and even outdoors at the beautiful city-centre Bastions Park. There will also be films and live presentations by photographers, curators and others.
A small sample of the offerings:
Among the powerful photojournalism presentations is the 25-year body of work focusing on Geneva by Daniel Wintergg. The photographer will be there for an interview.
Motherhood and immigrants’ plight are powerfully featured in “Victory”, a photo story by Sylvie Léget about the survival of a baby and his family newly arrived in Switzerland.
“Neoglobalidad” at BAC (Bâtiment d’art contemporain) features the work of young Swiss and international photographers concerned with “the relationship of photography to Everyman, caught up in the move towards digitation and control over the biological body”.
The internationally lauded photography museum in Lausanne, Musée de l’Elysée, is bringing “Temporary Shelter”, an expo of searing images documenting prisoner exchanges during World War I.
At the Maison des arts du Grütli, there will also be screenings of documentaries on three of the world’s greatest photojournalists: James Nachtwey, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastio Salgado, as well as other films showing the provocative work of Swiss and international photographers.
Musée Rath presents Genève, sa gueule, a series of 1,200 portraits of Geneva’s residents.
Or get outside at Parc des Bastions for “Vis-à-vis”, a six-month photo exploration by eight wandering photographers in Geneva.
And what would such an expo of modern photography be without the chance to take unusual selfies? Yes, you can get your portrait taken at the “Bookfacing” workshop, presented by the city’s library system. Here, your face will be transformed by a photography book cover.
Where to go
A – Alhambra – Rue de la Rôtisserie 10, Geneva.
B – BAC – Rue des Bains 28 and 34, Geneva.
C – Auditorium Arditi, Avenue du Mail 1, Geneva.
D – MEG, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67, Geneva – from 6 PM.
E – Maison des arts du Grütli, Rue du Général-Dufous 16, Geneva.
F – Musée Rath, Place de Neuve 1, Geneva.
G – Parc des Bastions, Geneva.
14 October 2017, 5 PM to 2 AM the following morning. Times vary by location.
Can’t be there the evening of October 14th? No problem. Many exhibits continue until the end of October, some longer. Check the schedules below.
The website’s descriptions of each expo are available in French and English.
By Bill Harby