Reto Camenisch

Reto Camenisch was born in 1958 in Thun, Switzerland, where he also grew up. Since 1982 he has worked as a freelance portrait photographer and photojournalist for a range of international print media and advertising firms. His extended travels, including several trips to the Mississippi Delta, have resulted in four books: Burgerbilder (1993), Bluesland (1997), Reto Camenisch - Zeit (2006) and Berge Pilger Orte (2011). The last-mentioned was published by edition stephan witschi and nominated for the German Photo Book Award. He has been a lecturer at the MAZ Swiss School of Journalism in Lucerne since 1990.

Reto Camenisch is firmly in the tradition of analogue, black-and-white portrait photography and photojournalism. His work and its development is marked by a process of deceleration, internalization and immersion. Its beginnings can be seen in the gloomy tonality of his early portraits, continuing through to his later pieces. American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon is a major influence.

Since 1999, Camenisch has worked almost exclusively with a 4x5 inch camera.