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.
Julie Dayer (art historian)is a Swiss art historian specialized in photography. She studied art history and film studies in Lausanne, Berlin and Paris. She is currently in charge of digital communication at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne. She has previously worked in the fields of publishing and production and used to collaborate as an editor for the contemporary art publication Steadfast Magazine.
Ann Griffin (graphic designer)(*1981, Lugano, CH) works as a graphic designer specialised in editorial design based in Zürich. She collaborates with publishers, photographers and artists on different projects. Her main focus is book design with a particular interest in photography books. She has also led numerous workshops in different art schools, and teaches at eikon, Fribourg. www.anngriffin.ch
Laurence Rasti (photographer)was born to Iranian parents in Switzerland where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Photography at the ECAL and a Master's degree in Fine Arts at the HEAD. In 2017, she published the book ‘There Are No Homosexuals in Iran’ with the Edition Patrick Frey and got nominated as one of the 10 best photobooks by the New York Times Magazine. Her work has been presented in several group and solo exhibitions around the world. Since 2020, she has been teaching photography for the Bachelor of Fine Arts at EDHEA - Ecole de design et haute école d'art du Valais. www.laurencerasti.ch
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.
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
Zoé Nguyenstudied product and industrial design at ECAL/École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. Since the end of her studies, she invested her skills in various swiss cultural institutions. She has been working with festivals such as Visions du Réel, international film festival Nyon and Images Vevey, visual arts biennale.
Nassim Daghighian (founder of near.), and all past committee members.
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