“Tracings" by Daniel Schwartz, published by Thames & Hudson in 2023. ©Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz — An Anatomy of Books: On the Making of ‘Tracings. Photography and Thought

HALF-DAY WORKSHOP IN ARLES, FRANCE
JULY 2, FROM 9 AM – 2 PM
200 US DOLLARS PER PERSON

What are the residua of your photographs when the stories they once told have become dust of history? Why confront previously unnoticed images with the seemingly familiar ones; what do they convey when speaking among one another? Why make your photography the subject of a book at all? To find answers to these questions, Daniel Schwartz took much longer that the three-year preparatory work for last year’s exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland, at the occasion of which Tracings. Photography and Thought was published by Thames & Hudson. The photographer’s presentation will shed light on the intertwined paths that link five thematic monographs, assignments, and peripatetic work spanning fifty years and blurring the divide between photojournalism and art. Participants will get insight into Schwartz’s rationale and practice and be able to engage in a discussion about his work that German philosopher and writer Carolin Emcke, in her preface to the book, calls “a lesson in visual thinking.” 

During the half-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their book dummies at any stage of development, although having a book dummy is not a prerequisite for attending the workshop. 

Language: English 
Skill Levels: All
What to bring: Laptop, Book Dummy (optional).

The price for this half-day workshop includes access to a closed lecture with James Nachtwey and a private reception on the evening of Sunday, June 30, at the Alexandra Boulat Campus.

Enroll before Sunday, June 9, at 23:59 CET.

Please ensure that you have read and agreed to our terms and conditions before enrolling in this workshop.

Daniel Schwartz graduated from Zurich School of Arts and Craft (now Zurich University of the Arts) in 1980. He concentrates on book projects, with exhibitions, based on extensive travels, photographic essays, and reportages covering the Eastern Hemisphere from Iran to East Timor, from Turkmenistan to Bangladesh. Schwartz’s art is documentary; it is in the history of places. His journalism is not a reaction to events; it builds on memory. His method is best expressed in “Travelling through the Eye of History” (published, in 2009, like all his books by Thames & Hudson), a pre- and post-9/11 observation covering Central Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir. In 1987/1988, during a forbidden journey, Schwartz became the first foreigner and photographer to travel along all sections of the Great Wall of China. His reportages about the habitats of South and Southeast Asia’s deltas, endangered by the consequences of climate change, were an early photojournalistic investigation of climate change, celebrated by the Financial Times as a “visual j’accuse” and made him twice a finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (1993 and 1995). A sequel to his work “Delta” (published 1997) and awareness project, “While the Fires Burn: A Glacier Odyssey” is featured in “Beyond the Obvious,” a film about Schwartz’s life and work, released in 2018. From 1990 to 2005, Schwartz was a member of the editorial team of DU, and became the prestigious magazine’s second staff photographer after Werner Bischof. From 1996 to 2004, he was a member of Lookat Photos Agency and conceived and curated major traveling exhibitions. In 2012, he was Visiting Artist at the Center for Studies in the Theory and History of Photography, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich. In 2010, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Cultural Price of the Canton of Zurich. Schwartz had major solo exhibitions, e.g. at the Kunsthaus Zurich (1986) and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2011), and participated in group exhibitions stretching from the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (1988) to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011).

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