Front Cover

Publisher Note

The Swiss cross comes to mind, the Swiss army knife, the Alps, cheese of course, or perhaps fine chocolate: but just what is typically Swiss? What characterizes the country and its people, and connects the various regions despite their different languages? These questions led Swiss photographer Igor Ponti (*1981), who focuses on traditional and emerging identities, on a cross-canton journey—with the odd detour. He discovers expressive visual Helvetisisms and, in part in a mocking or affectionate way, points out distinctions between the cantons that nevertheless connect them in terms of culture and territory: freeways cut through picturesque landscapes, a massively carved William Tell stands by the wayside, wurst stands sell cervelat or fried sausage, a charming, old wooden house causes one to feel nostalgic, garden gnomes wear red and white, concrete antitank barriers protect the endangered idyll.

Release Place Ostfildern, Germany
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2014
Artist: Igor Ponti
ISBN-13: 9783775739252
Subform Photobook
Topics Europe, Identity, Landscape, Nationality, Nations, Switzerland
Methods Photography
Language English, Italian
Format Hardcover
Dimensions 24.5 × 28.5 cm
Weight 3,000 gram
Pages 134