Acme Studios — Michael von Graffenried

Supporting Artists since 1972

Michael von Graffenried

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Michael von Graffenried is a photojournalist and film-maker from Switzerland. Michael traveled extensively in Algeria during the civil war taking pictures with an old panoramic camera. His documentary film War without Images, about his time in Algeria, was produced with Mohammed Soudani, and first screened at the Locarno film festival in 2002.

Michael’s work has exhibited widely in Switzerland and France, as well as in New York, Algiers, Hong Kong and Beirut. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and several other major European collections. His work appeared in Sudan, a forgotten war (Benteli 1995), Naked in Paradise (Dewi Lewis 1996), Inside Algeria (Aperture 1998) and Cocainelove (Benteli 2005) or Eye on Africa (2009). Michael was given the title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres of the French Légion d'Honneur in 2006 and the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize of the German Society of Photography 2010.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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