Hans Finsler and Swiss Photographic Culture
Work - Photography Class - Modern Design 1932 - 1960
The exhibition offers the first comprehensive presentation of Swiss work by Hans Fisler (1891–1972), one of the “Neue Sachlichkeit” (New Realism) movement’s most distinguished photographers. As a photographer of architecture and other fields he played a key role in presenting Modernism visually. Finsler had a lasting influence on Swiss photography as the first teacher (1932–1957) of the legendary photographic class at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich, as chairman of the Werkbund for many years and as a theoretician. The link between photography and graphic design, as taught by Alfred Willimann until 1957 made a similarly formative impact on students. Work by Werner Bischof, Emil Schulthess, Anita Niesz, Ernst Scheidegger or René Burri provide impressive evidence of these influences. The post-war years showed increasing contrasts between Finsler’s educational ideas and emergent photo-journalism.
Hans Finsler und die Schweizer Fotokultur. Werk, Fotoklasse, moderne Gestaltung 1932 - 1960. Thilo Koenig / Martin Gasser (Ed.), Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, gta Verlag Zürich, CHF 69