Philipp Giegel, Swiss (1927 - 1997)

Philipp Giegel

Philipp Giegel was born in 1927 in Zurich. He first got interested in photography in 1945 and was trained during his military service in airforce. He then went to study at the school of arts and crafts in Zurich where he became Hans Finsler’s assistant. In 1949, Philipp Giegel started working at the Swiss Central Office of Tourism, first as a technician and then as a photographer. During more than forty years, he developed his remarkable style. His photographs, send through the world in the form of posters, calendars, brochures, books etc illustrated Switzerland and were rewarded with numerous awards.

Known for his perfectionism, his sense for composition and graphic design, he created a real photographic language based on the lessons of the Bauhaus and New Objectivity, applied to the promotion of Switzerland Tourism and to his more personal work. In 1993, when he retired, the Musée de l’Elysée dedicated him a large retrospective exhibition entitled “A picture of Switzerland” and curated by Esther Woerdehoff. Philipp Giegel died in 1997, his photographs with their spectacular play on contrast and composition, deserve to be rediscovered.

Solo Exhibition

Une image de la Suisse, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions

La montagne magique, Heuberg 24 & Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Basel, Switzerland

Vision du Sport, photographies 1860 - 1960, Lyon and Paris, France, et Lausanne, Switzerland

Wolken, Museum of Natural History, Fribourg, Switzerland

Zehn Fotografen in Grenchen, Galerie Toni Brechbühl, Grenchen, Switzerland

Im harem eines hühnerstalls (In the harem of a chicken coop), Internationale Triennale der Photographie Freiburg, Museum für Kunst und Geschichte (Museum of Art and History), Friboug, Switzerland

Photographie in der Schweiz von 1840 bis heute, Kunsthause, Zurich, Switzerland

Unterwegs zum Paradies (On the road to paradise), International Photography Exhibition, Stern-Pressehaus, Hambourg, Germany

Man in sport, Art Institute of Chicago, United-States

Man in sport, Hemis Fair ‘68, San Antonio, United-States
Man in sport, Gallery of Modern Art, New York City, United-States

Man in sport, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, United-States

Schweizer Photographie (Swiss Photography), Eastman Kodak Exhibition Hall, New York City, United-States

Interfoto 65, Internationale Fotoausstellung, Römerhallen, Frankfurt, Germany

Was ist der Mensch? , International Photography Exhibition, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich, Switzerland

International Exhibition of Photography 63, George Eastman House of Photography, New York, United-States

Photrographie als Ausdruck (Photography as expression), Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

20th New York International Salon, Pictorial Photographers of America, American Museum of Natural History, United-States


First Prize for Black and White Photography, Homo Sapiens, Museum of Natural His- tory, Fribourg, Switzerland (1988)
First Prize SBG/UBS, Grosser Fotopreis der Schweiz (1984)
SBG/UBS Prize, Grosser Fotopreis der Schweiz (1982)

SBG/UBS Prize, Grosser Fotopreis der Schweiz (1976)
Secund Prize SBG/UBS, Grosser Fotopreis der Schweiz (1974)
Prize for sport photography, Photokina 68, Cologne, Germany (1968)
Secund Prize International Photography Contest, Milan, Italie (1965)
Interpress Foto 64, Association of Polish Journalists, Varsaw, Poland (1964) Anniversary Photo Contest, US Camera Magazine, New York, United-States (1963) Anniversary Photo Contest, US Camera Magazine, New York, United-States (1960) Anniversary Photo Contest, US Camera Magazine, New York, United-States (1957) International Picture Contest, Popular Photography Magazine, New York, United- States (1957)
First Prize, Mostra Internationale della Montagna, Club Alpino Italiano, Livorno, Italy (1956)
First Prize for A photo I love, Künstlerball, Weltwoche, Zurich, Switzerland (1955) First Prize for Zurich loyal customer, Mövenmotiv, Verkehrsverein Zurich, Switzerland (1955)
Third Prize, Caméra, photo revue, International Photo Contest, Lucerne, Switzerland (1950)

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