Semiautomatic Photography 2003-2020


Jules Spinatsch (*1964) is one of the most recognized Swiss photographers today. He has exhibited at the MoMA New York, Fondation Cartier Paris, Villa Arson Nice, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Tate Modern London, SFMoMA San Francisco as well as at the Kunsthaus Zurich and Fotomuseum Winterthur, just to name a few.

The exhibition Semiautomatic Photography brings together the 22 panoramic photograph projects he produced between 2003 and 2016 using a technique that the artist developed himself from a semi-automatic webcam, in collaboration with computer scientist Reto Diethelm.

Starting in 2003, the year of his first solo exhibition at the Centre de la Photographie Geneva titled Temporary Discomfort, the artist has succeeded in responding artistically to a method of photographic production called automated surveillance. The first panorama made in 2003 during the World Economic Forum WEF at Davos, the photographer’s birthplace, marks a turning point in the history of critical documentary photography.

The exhibition Semiautomatic Photography presents not only very large-scale panoramas such as Snowden Habitat (3,8 x 12 m), but also shows them in different forms: books, projections or installations such as the Vienna MMIXspiral, or the reconstruction of his studio, which has never been shown before.