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Nyon: 40 years of photos on display at the Focale gallery

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Focale gallery in Nyon (VD) is presenting a major retrospective. From September 15 to November 6, one of the oldest Swiss galleries dedicated entirely to photography is showing a new exhibition entitled “40 Years of Photography”.

Images from four representative photographers from each of these four decades are highlighted for this retrospective: Simone Oppliger, Luc Chessex, Christian Lutz and Luca Zanier. The ten winners of the Focale-Ville de Nyon Prize, which has been awarded since 2011, also have a place of their choice in the exhibition, the gallery’s managers explain in a press release.

“It is also an opportunity to celebrate Focale’s activities over these 40 years that have contributed to the influence of documentary photography, which, in addition to poetry, also embraces high-quality aesthetic research and elicits emotional responses,” they write.

The non-profit gallery Focale was founded in 1982 by Daniel Baudraz and Constantin Fernandez in the basement of a charming 17th-century house. They wanted to favor a more realistic photo with a reportage tendency, which includes a search for quality and originality. “Focale has always strived to popularize emerging photography,” its managers readily recall.

Over the years, an association (180 active members) and a specialist bookstore were added. An average of ten exhibitions are organized every year, for a total of 365 exhibitions in 40 years. For this anniversary, the gallery offered a brand new bookshop this year.

This article was published automatically. Source: ats

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