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Thomas Flechtner

Born in 1961 in Winterthur, Thomas Flechtner is an important yet discreet figure in Swiss photography. Composing images of landscapes that are both peaceful and poetic, he is considered an “artist of silence and introspection” – and rightly so, for silence runs throughout his work like a thematic constant.

Having trained at Vevey’s School of Photography, Fletchner goes on to win a number of prizes between 1988 and 1993 (notably the second European Kodak Prize, Arles, 1989). Although he quickly makes a name for himself thanks to his work on Chandigarh, the Indian city designed by Le Corbusier, Snow earns him international renown and is unquestionably his most famous series of photos to date. Following the four long years devoted exclusively to Snow (culminating in a 2002 publication of the same name), Flechtner begins to make a living from his art.

In 1997 he returns from London to settle in La Sagne in the Canton of Neuchâtel. It is in this arid and wild landscape of the Jura mountains that he says he finds both the force and energy to practice photography, an approach that cannot be separated from his penchant for hiking alone in the wilderness. Indeed, an insatiable walker, Flechtner takes the time he needs to wholly dedicate himself to his work and capture on film a world that seems truly apart. His photos are part of several international collections, including the Guggenheim Museum Collection, New York, Kunsthaus Zürich and Fotomuseum Winterthur.