Daniel Schwartz, VII Emeritus Member, has received the Art Prize 2019 of the Canton Solothurn (CH) in recognition of his achievement in photography spanning more than four decades, encompassing the seminal Great Wall of China (1987), a long-term observation of the political reconfiguration of Central Asia and the war for Afghanistan (1998-2018) as well as the topic of global warming, begun with part I in Asia (Delta, 1991-1995), and continued with part II (While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, 2009-2016). The award follows the Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich (2010) and will be handed over on November 11 during a ceremony in the Stadttheater, Olten, Switzerland.
This year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda, and was a project of our partner the VII Academy and PhotoWings. The 7-day workshop set out to inspire and educate future generations of men and women to address important issues through the medium of photography. VII’s Nichole Sobecki, Daniel Schwartz, and Ron Haviv were all part of this year’s event.
The January 19, 2019 issue of Das Magazin (No 3) features a cover story by Daniel Schwartz about his journey to look for and photograph the melting glaciers of Mir Samir in Afghanistan.
Read an excerpt in English below and click here to view the full publication.
Daniel Schwartz appeared on SRF Swiss Public TV’s culture program Kulturplatz on January 9, 2019.
The alarming findings of climate change research hardly reach the general public and it takes art to get the message out. In this respect, the photography of Daniel Schwartz has major implications. His work on global warming dates back to the 1990s when he documented life and death in the river deltas in Asia. His project While the Fires Burn, A Glacier Odyssey, documents global glacier collapse. A glaciology in images, his black & white photographs are the result of an intense dialogue with science. In the present, they contribute to the awareness of the issue, in the future, they will be of relevance for the understanding of climate history. Schwartz’s exhibition in the Grisons Museum of Art, Chur, Switzerland, is juxtaposed with Sebastiao Salgados’ Genesis exhibition in Zurich, and the latter’s digital enhancement to Schwartz’s purist analog method.