Represented by Gallery VU'
Swiss. Born in 1955 in Bern. Lives in Brussels.
Under the title of â€śPauline et Pierreâ€ť, the names of his two children, Hugues de Wurstemberger created a most surprising, accurate and moving family album. Nowhere can there be found the traditional gaiety that haunts childish imagery. Rather, there merely exists a loving and attentive tonality to a childhood exploring a world divided between fleeting fantasy and nightmare, exuberance and play, fancies and deep disappointments. Each image is framed in black and white with a constant attention to light, providing a surprising and elegant look into a structure that shuns effects and repetition.
Hugues de Wurstemberger lives and breathes this photography. Whether photographing a Swiss Guard in the Vatican, accompanying Saharan people, immersing in Africa and Latin America or chronicling Switzerlandâ€™s vanishing small farms, he has always maintained a fresh viewpoint, combined with an extremely demanding approach that provide his images with testimonial strength and force.
"Pauline and Pierre are very lucky ones and, if I didn't know them for as long as ever, I would probably be very jealous of them. Actually they have the most beautiful family album that exists in the whole world. Because they have a daddy that loves them, of course, but also because their daddy can't help being a photographer at each instant of their lives, at each of their breathe. On the pictures of this album, we see them growing up, like children who discover the world, then invent their own, by turns, breack-neck, witty, infernal, tender, playful, worried, cheerful, amazed. We also see their relationship with their mother and their grand mother ( the one with their father, the...
The peasant is the one that lives with the land. He builds the landscape and is always present in the looks we have on nature. Doing a story of the figure of our societies is then as natural as important.
Cannes is a dream coming true for two weeks every year. And as in every dream, there are always people in the shadow to make it exist. Whereas they are cleaning ladies, technicians or even photographers that fix on glossy paper the stars, they all have a part to play, an assigned, reserved place. Cannes must remains a dream, those people must remain in the shadow except for Hugues de Wurstemberger.
The Corps of the Pontifical Swiss Guard as part of the Military of the Vatican City is an exception to the Swiss rulings of 1874 and 1927. It is a small force responsible for the security of the Apostolic Palace, the entrances to the Vatican City and the safety of the Pope. Its official language is German.
\"Pauline and Pierre are very lucky ones and, if I didn\'t know them for as long as ever, I would probably be very jealous of them. Actually they have the most beautiful family album that exists in the whole world. Because they have a daddy that loves them, of course, but also because their daddy can\'t help being a photographer at each instant of their lives, at each of their breathe. On the pictures of this album, we see them growing up, like children who discover the world, then invent their own, by turns, breack-neck, witty, infernal, tender, playful, worried, cheerful, amazed. We also...
During several visits to the Western Sahara, refusing press trips and naive propaganda, Hugues de Wurstemberger shared the everyday lives of Saharans for a long period of time.
From 1991, he came back with a portrait which expresses his warm regard for these people and the cause that they defend, but which, by focusing on the ordinary and apparently anecdotal moments of their everyday life, also unveils the immemorial beauty of this people and its traditional lifestyle. Men live between the sand and the sky, far from the exoticism of dromedary caravans and kohl rimmed gazes.
Album (Mont sur Marchienne (Charleroi)) From 2008-05-10 to 2008-09-14
Hugues de Wurstemberger, in the retrospective ' Pauline and Pierre', exposes black and white photographs of his children taken during 18 years : some vibrations of life, emotion... This artist transfigures the banality of the everyday life, and send back the public to memories, to the flying time. The exhibition < i>Album also presents a projection of its various explorations, in particular in Africa, about populations losing their territory or disapearing themselves.