About near.

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.

In the past, the association used to publish:
a monthly newsletter called NEXT, interviews, and other publications.
 

Management Committee

Julie Dayer (art historian)

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)

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)

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

 

External Committee

Victoria Mühlig (art historian)

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)

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 Nguyen

Zoé Nguyen

studied 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.

 

Thanks

Nassim Daghighian (founder of near.), and all past committee members.
 

Download the complete statutes of the association here

 

Site credits:

Concept and Design: Samuel Wolf and Ann Griffin
Font: Everett by Nolan Paparelli
Code: Heinz Zürcher (Huenet)
Corrections and translations: Gilles Vandivinit

 

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All rights reserved.
No content may be reproduced or distributed without the written permission by near. and the photographers.

 

Contact

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CH–1000 Lausanne

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Collaborations

CEPV (Centre d’enseignement professionnel de Vevey)
Festival Images, Vevey
Musée de l’Elysée
Présence Suisse
Strates, Lausanne
Yet Magazine

 

Partners

Actinic, Genève

Actinic, Genève

Analogue and digital enlargements, film processing, scans and digital image processing, mounting and framing. Contact them for more details → www.actinic.ch
Atelier Delachaux Photographie, Lausanne

Atelier Delachaux Photographie, Lausanne

L'Atelier Delachaux Photographie, in Lausanne, is your one-stop service centre for just about everything in the world of expert photo lab work. Pigment ink-jet printing has multiple possibilities, such as photo printing, fine art printing (certified by Hahnemühle), custom wallpaper printing, or poster printing to advertise your upcoming exhibition. The production workflow is carefully calibrated and monitored, includes a test print and is tailored to your meet the highest of your personal expectations. The analog side of photography is the next strength of L'Atelier Delachaux Photographie. We process and develop black and white and colour (C41 and E6 process) for films in the following formats: 135, 120/220, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10. The films can be processed according to your specific instructions in relation to contrast, or grain adjustment for black and white film by choosing the chemicals that best meet your needs. It is also possible to push-process both colour and black and white films in all our workable formats. Members benefit from a 20% discount → www.dela-photo.ch
Bookfactory, Mönchaltorf

Bookfactory, Mönchaltorf

Bookfactory produces the most beautiful Swiss photography books. You can design your photo book which are handmade and refined with a lot of love and bookbinding art. Members benefit from a 15% discount → www.bookfactory.ch
Fotolabor St.Gallen AG

Fotolabor St.Gallen AG

IIn  a dreamlike environment in the Sittertobel in St.Gallen you will find the ‘Fotolabor’ which is operated with conviction and perseverance by two photo lab technicians, who have many years of experience. Their offers include: analogue and digital enlargements in the classic photochemical process, fine art inkjet prints, scans and digital image processing. Members get a discount. Contact them for more details → www.foto-labor.ch
Grussformat, Zürich

Grussformat, Zürich

Grussformat prints high quality postcards. The cards are produced once a month in Switzerland. Members benefit from a 20% discount on printed postcards → www.grussformat.ch
Mozworks, Lausanne

Mozworks, Lausanne

Production, Acquisition, High-End retouching, 3D/CGI, Proofing, FineArt printing 25% discount for near. members and 100 CHF/h instead of 160 CHF/h for retouching and lithography.→ www.mozworks.ch

 

Support

near. is supported by:

– Etat de Vaud
– Ville de Lausanne

 

near. is a non-profit association with a legal tax-exempt status which allows deductible donations.

IBAN: CH24 0900 0000 1025 5587 4
Bank: Swiss Post – PostFinance, CH-3030 Bern