Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Brigitte studied at Zurich University and received her MA in Social and Photo History in 1996. In the following years she established herself as a fine art photographer. She moved to New York and received her MFA in Fine Art Photography and Related Media at Parsons The New School of Design in 2007. The main issues in her works lie in her interest in the study of the gaze, the interplay between absence and presence in a photographic image, and the fact that the reading of a photograph is most often triggered by a collective memory. She explores the media itself and its close connection to themes like decay, memory, death and transitoriness. She works with a 4x5 large format camera and natural daylight, with Scanners, her iPhone, projections and everything that has to do with light images.




– 2018, Merck Award, Darmstadt, Germany
– 2013, Landis&Gyr residency, Berlin, Germany
– 2013, Photo Award, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
– 2006, Grand Prize Winner, PDNedu, New York
– 2005, Prix de Photoforum, Switzerland


– 2018, This sense of wonder, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
– 2017, Still-Leben, La Filature, Mulhouse, France
– 2016, This sense of wonder, Galerie Christophe Guye, Zurich, Switzerland
– 2015, Camera Work, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, New York
– 2007, Brigitte Lustenberger, Musée de l’Eylsée, Lausanne, Switzerland


– Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Perspektiven Strategien fotografischen Handelns, Darmstadt, DTDF, 2018
– Photo London, Catalog, teNeues, London, 2015
– Near, Still – Fotografien von Brigitte Lustenberger, Lausanne, Bern, Till Schaap Edition, 2014
– Art 37 Basel, Catalog, Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz, 2006
– Patricia Büttiker, Brigitte Lustenberger, Maloja, Bern, Eigenverlag, 2003