Fine Art Photography

Scene from Afar: How Shane Lavalette Used a 1939 Project to Inform His Swiss Travelogue

June 26, 2017

By Dzana Tsomondo

Courtesy of the artist and Fotostiftung Schweiz

“Gais,” 2016. For a Fotostiftung Schweiz commission, Shane Lavalette visited 12 villages that had been photographed by Swiss photographer Theo Frey for a 1939 exhibition.

Sometimes a stranger is best equipped to tell us something new about ourselves. From Alexis de Tocqueville’s study of a nascent United States to Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, there is a long and compelling history of stories told about societies by outsiders. Photographer Shane Lavalette created his new project “Still (Noon)” in this vein. To create the work, Lavalette traveled...

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