“Hors-Champ” (“Off-camera”) is an invitation to discover a place that often remains unknown: where photographs are made—workshops and studios, darkrooms, development and print labs. The work behind the illusion so meticulously crafted by photographers in their studios is indeed rarely revealed. The realization of this project arises from a personal desire to explore, behind-the-scenes, the world of professionals in the photography field in my region, at a point in time when, obviously, photography is undergoing a deep change both in its technical aspects and its esthetical ones. In this digitalized age, what really occurs behind-the-scenes? What will become of studios and traditional photo labs? “Off-camera” is an homage to photography, its history and to the creators of images, and encourages the viewer to reflect on the future of this medium of communication.
Catherine Leutenegger [born in Switzerland, 1983] received her BA and MA in Photography with First Class Honours from the University of Art and Design / ECAL, Lausanne.
Her first book titled Hors-champ (Off-camera) revealing photographers’ workspaces, was published in 2006 through the prestigious Manor Cultural Prize which includes a generous cash award and an exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne curated by William A. Ewing. Beside she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Swiss Federal Design Grant and The RAYMOND WEIL Club International Photography Prize. In 2007 she took part of an artist residency program in New York City and started her project named The Kodak City in Rochester, NY.
Leutenegger has exhibited internationally in galleries, festivals and museums: Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich; Museum Bellerive, Zürich; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; International Photography Festival, Leipzig; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan; Aperture Gallery in New York.
Her work is in the collections of several public and private institutions, including the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne; Maus Frères Holding, Geneva; Raymond Weil, Geneva. website | In collaboration with Mrs. Deane.