About near.

near. was founded in Lausanne in 2009 and its principal aim is to promote contemporary photography. The association organises activities set around four main objectives: to promote and disseminate the work of Swiss and Swiss-based photographers for established talent as well as young artists; to enable a continuous cultural exchange between regions and among professionals in the field of photography (artists, historians, critics, curators, journalists and editors); to actively contribute to critical thinking on the subject of contemporary photography; and finally, to advertise Swiss photography to a wider audience. Among other things near.  organises exhibitions, screenings, interviews, conferences and gatherings between professionals.

In the past, the association used to publish:
a monthly newsletter called NEXT, interviews, and other publications.
 

Committee

Diego Brambilla (photographer)

Diego Brambilla (photographer)

is an Italian artist, based in Zürich and London, who graduated from the London College of Communication with an MA in photography in 2015. Previous education includes a BA in Sociology and a diploma in Film Direction. With an eclectic practice in photography, he has experience in graphic design and film editing. www.diegobrambilla.com
Ann Griffin (graphic designer)

Ann Griffin (graphic designer)

(Lugano, CH) works  in Geneva and Zurich as a graphic designer specialised in editorial design. After graduating from HEAD—Genève in Visual Communication in 2007, she worked for Idpure magazine. In 2010 she founded Studio—Rubic, a graphic design practice which works for various clients and publishers. She has also led numerous workshops in different art schools, and teaches at eikon (Ecole professionnelle en arts appliqués, Fribourg). Her main focus is book design, with a particular interest in photography books. www.studio-rubic.ch
Victoria Mühlig (art historian)

Victoria Mühlig (art historian)

is a Swiss art historian and  curator at the Musée d’art de Pully where she is in charge of contemporary art and photography exhibitions.
She graduated with a degree in art history, cinema and journalism from the University of Lausanne. Between 2014 and 2017, she worked at the Valais art museum taking care of the Prix culturel Manor Valais as well as many other exhibitions.
Antigoni Papantoni (photographer)

Antigoni Papantoni (photographer)

(Athens, GR) lives and works  in Lausanne (CH) and Athens (GR). After her studies in Computer Sciences and Photography, she has worked in the cinema industry and collaborated with different cinema festivals in Switzerland, Greece and Croatia while pursuing her personal photographic work. Her images are puzzle pieces of a never-ending bigger project which has not been edited yet. She loves the sea, the sunshine, the sunset as well as walking, swimming, sleeping.
Laurence Rasti (photographer)

Laurence Rasti (photographer)

was born to Iranian parents in Geneva in 1990, grew up in Switzerland and studied photography at ECAL. In her photographs she explores the concepts of identity and beauty. Relying on the dual quality of her cultural background, she looks at Swiss and Iranian cultural codes and conventions from a new angle  in order to understand the influence of gender roles in society.
Samuel Wolf (graphic designer)

Samuel Wolf (graphic designer)

Photography has surrounded me since I was a child. My father was a cameraman and photographer. As a teenager I spent many weekends in his photo lab to develop my pictures. During my time in Paris (1995–2010) I worked as a graphic designer and art director for Fashion brands and magazines – pictures were omnipresent. I now run my graphic design studio in Zurich where I mainly design books, identities and exhibitions. I also manage the postcard platform «Grussformat» with a focus on contemporary photography. www.wolfstudio.ch / www.grussformat.ch

 

Thanks

Nassim Daghighian (founder of near.), and all past committee members.
 

Download the complete statutes of the association here

 

Site credits:

Concept and Design: Samuel Wolf and Ann Griffin
Font: Everett by Nolan Paparelli
Code: Heinz Zürcher (Huenet)
Corrections and translations: Gilles Vandivinit

 

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All rights reserved.
No content may be reproduced or distributed without the written permission by near. and the photographers.

 

Contact

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CH–1000 Lausanne

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Collaborations

CEPV (Centre d’enseignement professionnel de Vevey)
Festival Images, Vevey
Présence Suisse
Yet Magazine
Strates, Lausanne

 

Partners

Actinic, Genève

Actinic, Genève

Analogue and digital enlargements, film processing, scans and digital image processing, mounting and framing. Contact them for more details → www.actinic.ch
Atelier Delachaux Photographie, Lausanne

Atelier Delachaux Photographie, Lausanne

L'Atelier Delachaux Photographie, in Lausanne, is your one-stop service centre for just about everything in the world of expert photo lab work. Pigment ink-jet printing has multiple possibilities, such as photo printing, fine art printing (certified by Hahnemühle), custom wallpaper printing, or poster printing to advertise your upcoming exhibition. The production workflow is carefully calibrated and monitored, includes a test print and is tailored to your meet the highest of your personal expectations. The analog side of photography is the next strength of L'Atelier Delachaux Photographie. We process and develop black and white and colour (C41 process) for films in the following formats: 135, 120/220, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10. The films can be processed according to your specific instructions in relation to contrast, or grain adjustment for black and white film by choosing the chemicals that best meet your needs. It is also possible to push-process both colour and black and white films in all our workable formats. Members benefit from a 20% discount → www.dela-photo.ch
Bookfactory (by bubu), Mönchaltorf

Bookfactory (by bubu), Mönchaltorf

Bookfactory produces the most beautiful Swiss photography books. You can design your photo book which are handmade and refined with a lot of love and bookbinding art. Members benefit from a 15% discount → www.bookfactory.ch
Fotolabor St.Gallen AG

Fotolabor St.Gallen AG

IIn  a dreamlike environment in the Sittertobel in St.Gallen you will find the ‘Fotolabor’ which is operated with conviction and perseverance by two photo lab technicians, who have many years of experience. Their offers include: analogue and digital enlargements in the classic photochemical process, fine art inkjet prints, scans and digital image processing. Members get a discount. Contact them for more details → www.foto-labor.ch
Grussformat, Zürich

Grussformat, Zürich

Grussformat prints high quality postcards. The cards are produced once a month in Switzerland. Members benefit from a 20% discount on printed postcards → www.grussformat.ch
Mozworks, Lausanne

Mozworks, Lausanne

Production, Acquisition, High-End retouching, 3D/CGI, Proofing, FineArt printing 25% discount for near. members and 100 CHF/h instead of 160 CHF/h for retouching and lithography.→ www.mozworks.ch

 

Support

near. is supported by:

– Canton de Vaud

 

near. is a non-profit association with a legal tax-exempt status which allows deductible donations.

IBAN: CH24 0900 0000 1025 5587 4
Bank: Swiss Post – PostFinance, CH-3030 Bern