*1949 Winterthur, Switzerland
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working and playing with images and words, with stories and emotions – as a photographer, as a journalist and as a filmmaker.
I graduated with a MA degree in art history and philosophy from the University of Zurich in 1974. For some years I worked as a director and set designer for the stage and then as a journalist for Swiss television. The foundation for my work as television production director was the training I received at the BBC in London in 1979.
In addition to the career as a television production director I have always loved teaching – sharing my experience and knowledge with younger generations. I taught visual communication at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan from 1987 to 1993, during which time I also worked as a fashion photographer. Though I’m retired from television directing now, I continue to teach, actually mainly photographic workshops.
The move north to rural Sweden in 2007 spurred a growing interest in exploring the natural and human altered landscape with my photography. I now concentrate on personal photographic projects as I consider the still photograph to be more poetic than a film or motion picture.
I live with my wife, children’s book author and book designer Gudrun Thielemann, on Öland/Sweden.
In January 2022 I had the great pleasure to have been interviewed by Marco Annaratone for his very interesting Youtube channel. You’ll find the video down this page or click here.
All my photographs are made using film, chemistry and light sensitive paper, the traditional photographic process and craft. I like the look of the traditional analog print and I love the work these craft implies.
Nowadays the tools for my photographic endeavour is a 4×5 camera and b&w negatives, which I enlarge onto silver-gelatine fibre paper in my own darkroom.
If you are interested in purchasing original prints, please contact me by sending an email to: click[at]ursbernhard.com