Michael von Graffenried unintentionally believes in the power of the photographic image, in provoking, informing, informing, enlightening. It shows subjects that others do not see, can not show or can not show. Whether nudists on the Lake of Neuchatel, the inner life of the Swiss military, the gold reserves of the Swiss bank or the daily life of the papal Swiss garde, the photographer is always able to penetrate closed worlds. He breaks taboos, looks behind the scenes or puts his finger on social wounds. Graffenried’s approach is pragmatic. He is not committed to any school, no aesthetics, no trend. Formally, he goes his own way. His pictures in color or black-and-white are conceived, thoughtfully, sometimes ironically, concentrated on the essentials. Graffenried knows the structure of a strong photograph without being a formalist. The design is always at the service of a story to be told. He is always close to the happenings and takes time for his subjects, so that his paintings are a source of authenticity and authenticity that inspire the viewer and stimulate him to think.
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