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.


Laurence Rasti (accounting manager)

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
Ann Griffin

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
Julie Dayer (head of administration)

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.
Victoria Mühlig

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.
Zoé Nguyen

Zoé Nguyen (cultural producer)

studied industrial and product design at the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne. Since the end of her studies she involved herself in cultural production within various Swiss institutions such as the visual arts biennale Images Vevey, various Swiss festivals and the ECAL. Since 2018, she has been part of the Lausanne based collective Căng Tin which develops interdisciplinary research projects around Vietnamese gastronomy and applied arts.
Gloria Wismer

Gloria Wismer

is in charge for the communication at Swiss art book publisher Edition Patrick Frey. She is also one of the founding members and organizers of VOLUMES - Art Publishing Days in Zürich. As a collective, they organise book fair events in various locations, run an annual book awar, host the talk series VOLUMES Book Club and are currently working with their archive.



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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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 Sàrl, Lausanne

Atelier Delachaux Photographie Sàrl, Lausanne

The Atelier Delachaux Photographie, in Lausanne, is your one-stop shop for everything related to the world of fine art photography. Pigment inkjet printing offers multiple possibilities, such as printing on photo paper, FineArt printing (certified by Hahnemühle and Canson), wallpaper printing or poster printing to announce your next exhibition. The workflow is carefully calibrated and controlled to meet your highest personal expectations. The analog side of photography is the second major focus of L’Atelier Delachaux. We develop black and white and color negative films as well as color slides (C41 and E6 process). The following film formats can be entrusted to us: 135, 120/220, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10. The films can be processed in all three chemistries and in all formats. Members receive a 20% discount → www.atelier-delachaux.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



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