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Suisse • Photography

  • Friday, March 10th • 3:00 p.m. • Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

  • On-Site • 54 W Chicago Ave

  • Free admission • Registration is mandatory!

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The Inventive Eye with photographer François Robert, in conversation with Jörg Oberschmied

Renowned worldwide for his commercial work, former graphic designer turned photographer François Robert tells us about his journey from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, to Chicago and from advertising to fine-art photography, from evocative Polaroid transfer prints, to still-lifes and candid street and travel photographs.

With an introduction by Swiss Consul General Bruno Ryff and John Paluch from the Swiss Benevolent Society. Jörg Oberschmied, Deputy Consul General & Senior Public Diplomacy Officer of Switzerland in Chicago in conversation with François Robert. Swiss wine and cheese service to close the program.

Francois Robert received best of Fine Arts from the Lucie Awards in 2008 out of 18,000 entries for his series: “Stop the Violence”. Some of Robert’s past clients include Crate & Barrel, Coca-Cola, Chicago Board of Trade, BP, Sappi Paper, Bentley Prince Street, Herman Miller, IBM, Unison Home and Yale Medical School.

Among Robert’s publications are GRAPHIS (article) 1979, BEFORE AND AFTER (book) 1981, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA (1986), THE COLOR OF FASHION (1992), COMMUNICATION ARTS (article) 1988 and GRAPHIS 335, Fall 2001.
His first FACE TO FACE book which sold out in Europe and the U.S. has been followed by FACES (which sold over 25,000 copies), published by Chronicle Books. His recent books include CROSSES, published by Graphis and “STOP THE VIOLENCE”. He is working on 3 upcoming books: SKULLS from the collection of the Field Museum Chicago, INTERRUPTED LANDSCAPES about billboards across the United States, LEFT BEHIND about all the objects left in the desert by the undocumented migrants.

This program is made possible by the Swiss Benevolent Society with additional support from the Jean Bodfish Brown Memorial Fund, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Registration is mandatory! Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Reconnu dans le monde entier pour son travail, l’ancien graphiste, devenu photographe, François Robert nous raconte son parcours de La Chaux-de-Fonds, en Suisse, à Chicago et de la publicité à la photographie d’art, des Polaroids aux natures mortes et photographies de rue et de voyage.

Avec une introduction du Consul Général de Suisse Bruno Ryff et de John Paluch de Swiss Benevolent Society. Jörg Oberschmied, Consul général adjoint de Suisse à Chicago en conversation avec François Robert. Service de vins suisses pour clôturer le programme.

François Robert a reçu le Lucie Awards - prix honorant les plus grandes réalisations de la photographie - en 2008 pour sa série : “Stop the Violence”.
François Robert compte parmi ses anciens clients Crate & Barrel, Coca-Cola, le Chicago Board of Trade, BP, Sappi Paper, Bentley Prince Street, Herman Miller, IBM, Unison Home et Yale Medical School.

Parmi les publications de François Robert figurent GRAPHIS (article) 1979, AVANT ET APRÈS (livre) 1981, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA (1986), THE COLOR OF FASHION (1992), COMMUNICATION ARTS (article) 1988 et GRAPHIS 335, automne 2001.
Son premier livre FACE TO FACE qui s’est vendu en Europe et aux États-Unis a été suivi de FACES (qui s’est vendu à plus de 25 000 exemplaires), publié par Chronicle Books. Ses livres récents incluent CROSSES, publié par Graphis et “STOP THE VIOLENCE”. Il travaille sur trois livres à venir : SKULLS sur la collection du Field Museum Chicago, INTERRUPTED LANDSCAPES sur les panneaux d’affichage des États-Unis, et LEFT BEHIND sur tous les objets laissés dans le désert par les sans-papiers.

Ce programme est rendu possible grâce à la Swiss Benevolent Society avec le soutien supplémentaire du Jean Bodfish Brown Memorial Fund et du Consulat général de Suisse à Chicago et de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

L’inscription est obligatoire ! Les portes s’ouvrent à 14h30.

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