Gérard Pétremand is a Swiss photographer, living and working in Geneva. He continues to reinvent his artistic habits, intentions, techniques and production, and, today enjoys an international reputation.
A personal quest
Pétremand took his first steps in photography with the magazine Réalités, a current affairs magazine considered to be one of the most innovative publications between the years 1950 and 1970. There, he assisted the photographers Edouard Boubat and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier. He then created a photography studio in Switzerland and multiplied his collaborations with big advertising agencies. At the same time, the artist nurtured a personal quest, inspired by contemporary art and, through his work, questioned our perspective of the world. Above all else, he considers photography a reflection of reality and a medium through which he can speak about his time.Read more
A reflection of our societies
By holding onto the importance of standing out in reporting, Pétremand observes the world with perspicacity to produce work that questions our everyday life in an unique manner. In 1977, the series Identités reflected all adults in certain Swiss cantons receiving an ID number. In order to highlight the degrading nature of this computerised system, the photographer captures his subjects in their environment and makes their faces deliberately disappear by playing with lighting to reveal their character. Through his series Identités, Cheval Blanc, Venise autrement and Topiques, Pétremand tackles varied themes by using a medium that is constantly evolving for his commentaries.
From Switzerland to international recognition
The richness of Pétremand’s work has led to exhibitions in numerous countries, in Switzerland, of course, but also in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Argentina and Finland. He has also received a number of prizes such as le Prix Kodak and first prize for Jeune Photographie Voies Off in Arles.Hide