Anna Halm Schudel
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“Meaningless, nameless places that are given significance for a moment fascinate me.” If you look at the world from this perspective, there are endless numbers of “non-places” that reveal their inner beauty only to those who possess the eye and the alert thoughtfulness. Swiss photographer Anna Halm Schudel (*1945) has been photographing one project for years that actually has neither beginning nor end. She started out on her “never-ending journey” a trip through the seemingly inconspicuous, the fleeting, everything that whooshes by on her car drives that she captures with her camera. A building as a fleck of color, a copse of trees as if the landscape were marked with creatures, a guard rail on the side of the road: motifs whose banality becomes pure emotion through Halm Schudel’s eye, becoming moving landscape pictures per se, settled between figurative painting and classical landscape photography.

“Paradoxically it is exactly in this blurriness that clarity emerges; metamorphoses also occurring that testify to the relationship between nature and things of culture.”

Michael Pfister in the foreword to the book “The never-Ending Journey”


Every person has multiple facets that combined determine his or her personality. Thinking about these internal images has recently inspired the Swiss photographic artist Anna Halm Schudel to create unusual portraits.

For these portraits, she set her sights on today’s and yesterday’s stars and celebrities in a highly original way. In her large-format photographic art, Schudel erects fascinating monuments to figures of particular charisma – Scarlet Johannsson, Keira Knightly, Barack Obama, and Marilyn Monroe.

All these portraits seem to eschew exact understanding at first glance. The déjà-vu of the faces disseminated daily in the media dissolves into a completely unknown quality. Indeed, a closer look reveals the great surprise lurking in the conspicuously large pixilation: the artist creates a mosaic-like image of thousands upon thousands of smaller portraits she culls from the World Wide Web. All these universally accessible digital images and biographical traces gave Schudel the idea to consolidate the unmanageable flood of visual information in new aesthetic realities. The photo artist reworks the digital portraits of famous people on the computer screen in a complex process. She generally chooses only one section out of every image. While creating the montage she is careful to match the formats and tones so that the reworked picture elements assemble like puzzle pieces to form a new portrait.

The particular allure of these works comes from the ambivalence between nearness and distance, close- and far-range effects. Each of the tiny elements measures only one square centimeter. Were it possible with the naked eye, you might even recognize the artist’s face in a small fraction of the pieces. Anna Halm Schudel thus leaves her own kind of fingerprint on each work in the mosaic series. The artist’s convergence with – if not penetration of – the interior image of a person in fact quite distant from her is nowhere more concretely evident than in these small details.

Almut Andreae
1945Born in Bern
1964Diploma from the Secondary School for Girls, Basel
1964 - 67School of Applied Arts Vevey, Department of Photography
1967 2nd Prize, Children’s Book Exhibition, Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich
1968College of Art and Design, Birmingham, England
Prize for photographs of harbor in Basel
“Grosser Europhot” photography prize for fashion
1968 - 73Assistant to René Groebli in Zurich
Introduced to Peter Schudel
1971Marriage to Peter Schudel
1973Opening of own photo studio in Zurich

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2007Group exhibition, Historisches Museum Schloss, Nyon
 Exhibition, Historisches Museum, Baden
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
2006Exhibition, Galerie zum Schlüssel, Horgen
Exhibition, Fotoforum, Innsbruck
Exhibition, Fotoforum, Bozen
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
Group exhibition, Gemeindehaus Horgen
Group exhibition, Photoforum PasquArt, Biel
2005Exhibition, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
2004Exhibition, in focus Burkhard Arnold, Cologne
Exhibition, Galerie Im Ziegelgarten, Monika Wertheimer, Oberwil
Exhibition, Triennale Contemporary Art Oberschwaben, Weingarten
Exhibition, Galerie de Santos Houston, Texas
Exhibition, Festival Foto & Photo, Milan
Group exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
2003Group exhibition, in focus Burkhard Arnold, Cologne
Exhibition, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Exhibition, HUG Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Group exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Group exhibition, Foto-und Kameramuseum, Leipzig
Exhibition, Gemeindehaus Horgen
Group exhibition, Villa Dutoit, Geneva
Commission public art, Schinzenhof, Horgen
Group exhibition, Photoforum PasquArt, Biel
2002Exhibition, Galerie Im Ziegelgarten Oberwil
Exhibition, Photoforum Pasqu‘Art, Biel
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Exhibition, Galerie Maurer, Munich
Exhibition, Channel Galleries, Neuss, Deutschland
Exhibition, Hotel Seehof, Zurich
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon

Exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Exhibition, Nikon Image House, Küsnacht, Zürich
Group exhibition, Galerie Tigerhof, St. Gallen
Group exhibition, Interartes im Nikon Image House, Küsnacht, Switzerland
Group exhibition, Photoforum Pasqu‘art, Biel
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
2000Exhibition, in focus, Cologne
Exhibition, Hotel Seehof, Zurich
Exhibition, Kulturzentrum Villa Seerose, Horgen, Switzerland
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Group exhibition, Museum fur Post und Kommunikation, Hamburg
Group exhibition, Nikon Image House, Zurich
Group exhibition, "Kunst im Speicher," Wust, Germany
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
Group exhibition, Photoforum PasquArt, Biel
1999Group exhibition, Galerie Incontro, Zurich
Group exhibition, Schloss Nyon
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
1998Exhibition, in focus, Cologne
Exhibition, Galerie Woerdehoff, Paris
Group exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
Group exhibition, Schloss Nyon
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Exhibition, Festival Focales in Dünkirchen, France
1997Exhibition, Altstadt-Halle, Zug
Exhibition, Alcatel-Galerie, Zurich
Exhibition, Galerie Focale, Nyon
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Exhibition, Schloss Nyon
Exhibition, Photoforum Feldegg, Zurich
1996Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles
Exhibtion, Alcatel-Galerie, Wädenswil-Au
1995Exhibition, Galerie Leuenberger, Solothurn
Exhibition, Galerie Wolfbach, Zurich
Two exhibitions, in focus, Cologne
Exhibition, Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy
Exhibition, Arc-en-Ciel, Arles, France
Group exhibition, Nikon Gallery, Zurich
Exhibition, Internationale Fototage Herten, Germany
Exhibition, Department of Culture, Waldshut, Germany
1994Exhibition , Arc-en-Ciel, Arles, on the occasion of Rencontres de la Photographie
Exhibition, Mamyia Foto Galerie, Biel
Exhibition, Galerie Maurer, Munich
1993Exhibition, Photogalerie Bild, Aarau
1992Group exhibition “Polaroid,” Nikon Gallery Zurich
1991 - 92 “Kunstszene Zürich”
1987Realization of the Kodak calendar
1986Exhibition, Art Connection, Basel
1985Exhibition, Nikon Gallery, Zurich
1984Exhibition, La Plume, La-Chaux-de-Fonds
Group exhibition, Nikon Gallery, Zurich
1983Participation in “Kunstszene Zürich”

Exhibition, Nikon Gallery, Zurich

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