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René GroebliRAIL MAGIC



René Groebli is among Switzerland's best known photographers and his poetic, groundbreaking photo essay Rail Magic has entered the annals of photography. In 1949, René Groebli traveled by rail from Paris to Basel, photographing energy, speed, and sounds, and the romance of the fuming trains – the very symbol of power. He photographed the intangible which we can feel and smell and hear when we view this magical, mystical, dreamlike photo series.

René Groebli was born in Zürich in 1927, studied photography with Hans Finsler at the Zürich University of the Arts and, in 1948, was one of the first Swiss citizens to receive a diploma as camera man for documentary filmmaking. He went on to become one of the greatest black-and-white photographers and one of the most subtle masters of the darkroom. When he was only 26 years old, in 1953, he was invited to take part in the legendary exhibit "The Family of Man", which was curated by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and later shown in numerous museums worldwide. René Groebli counts among the most experimentative personalities in the history of photography and gained attention with his fascinating movement studies and avant-garde color photos. The renowned American magazine Color Annual named him "Master of Color" in 1957. His photography is represented in many international collections, large museums periodically host retrospectives of his work, publishers print his books and Groebli himself remains very active to this day with his large archive in Zürich, preparing exhibits and diverse publications.

The exhibit comprises 67 black and white photographs – artist proofed prints, which are framed in a 60 x 42 cm format, and 8-12 black-and-white photographs in 120 x 80 cm format. The exhibit is ready for hanging and the transportation, storage and exhibit hanging times have already been completely insured for "all risks".

High resolution scans of a variety of images will be made available for the purposes of PR, invitations and posters. Marketing texts, a CV, photograph captions, as well as texts and quotations by René Groebli about his life, photography, and work will likewise be made available as editable files in both German and English.

The exhibit tour is accompanied by a facsimile edition of the out-of-print photo book, Rail Magic, published in 1949.

Further information available upon request