From 1950 to the mid-1970s, Leonard von Matt was one of the most successful and well-known Swiss photographers. Today, however, it is only known to a small specialist audience. The focus of the exhibition is the personality of
Leonard von Matt, his idiosyncratic photographic view of Nidwalden and its folk culture. On a small scale, so to speak, von Matt prepared himself for the “big” world through his photographic confrontation in Nidwalden. The works created at this location were an “etude” for von Matt on his way to becoming a professional photographer. From today's point of view, his are made here
«Finger exercises», however, more than that. They testify to the ability to translate everyday life into a picture. With his early work he not only captured the essence of his respective counterpart in an impressive way, his recordings also
bear witness to the existing folk culture and the zeitgeist of the time - in Nidwalden and beyond. With the focus on his early work, the exhibition aims to clarify the importance of this self-taught training in Leonard von Matt's entire oeuvre.