Time and again, Beat Schweizer travels to the extreme north of Russia. The theme of isolation has preoccupied the photographer for many years now. What is life like in the northernmost cities and settlements in the world?
Beat Schweizer’s three-part series of works provides surprising answers to these questions. It tells of extreme living conditions, but also of the beauty of normality and the desire for freedom. Norilsk, the city of superlatives: The mining town is not only the world’s most northern city, but also the most polluted. With its well-paid jobs, it offers its 175,000 residents the prospect of prosperity. In stark contrast, only a few hundred people find work in Dikson which for eighty-two days sinks into the polar night. Teriberka at the Barents Sea is the third settlement whose structures and inhabitants Beat Schweizer documented within the frameworks of his long-term project.
Beat Schweizer was born 1982 in Bern, Switzerland, where he grew up. After working several odd jobs, he was employed by the Archaeological Services where he came in contact with photography. In 2003 he started his apprenticeship as a photographer and received his diploma in 2007. From 2008 until 2009 he worked for a Swiss daily newspaper. Since 2009 he has been working as a freelance photographer focusing on editorial and corporate photography. Meanwhile he followed his personal projects, which took him to Kosovo, Ukraine and Russia amongst others. His work has been exhibited in Switzerland, France and Great Britain.
Mikhailovna Called｜Beat Schweizer｜ISBN 978-3-86828-900-8｜24 x 28 cm｜184 pages｜94 color and 27 b/w illustrations｜Softcover with American dust jacket｜Language: German / English / Russian｜Published by Kehrer Verlag｜Spring 2019