Jacques Pugin





At 18, against his father’s will, Jacques Pugin moves to Zurich to become a photographer. Suzanne Abelin, who runs Gallery 38, one of the first galleries in Switzerland dedicated to photography, curates his first solo exhibition in 1977. In 1978, he moves to his first studio in Geneva, where he meets many artists. He then travels to Greece, where he produces a photographic work for which he obtains in 1979 the Federal Grant of Applied Arts (Switzerland). He goes on to make the series titled Graffiti greffés (Grafted graffiti), using Light Painting. This series has been widely exhibited and published on an international level. Three years in a row he obtains the Federal Grant of Fine Arts (Swiss Art Awards) (Switzerland) in 1980, 1981 and 1982.


In 1983, he keeps working with Graffiti rouges, (Red Graffiti) investigating colour technique.


In 1984, he produces a series Les jouets, (Toys). This series is in the collection of the Centre George Pompidou in Paris and in the private collection of Mr. and Mrs Auer, who will publish the stills in the book

“A History of Photography” in 2003.


1985, at the triennial of Fribourg in Switzerland, Polaroid makes available a 50 x 60 cm camera with which Jacques Pugin creates the series The Polaroids, which now forms part of the eponymous collection. The same year, Jacques Pugin was entered into “the International Encyclopaedia of photographers from 1939 to today”, published by Camera Obscura.


In the 1990s, Jacques Pugin becomes interested in the still images as they are taken from a video source, giving rise to a series of photographs entitled La montagne bleue, (Blue Mountain) and a book of the same name, with text by Jean-Michel Olivier, published by Ides et Calendes. His investigations then develop into a few series on the theme of vegetation.


In the 2000s, he travels worldwide - especially to African deserts, India and Latin America- for a large work entitled Sacred Site (2002–present), supported by a grant of the Leenaards Foundation.


Since 2005, he also devotes his practice to mountain landscapes, with his series La montagne s’ombre (The mountain shadows itself).


In 2013, he finishes the series Les cavaliers du diable, (The knights of the devil), a photographic work with geopolitical scope started in 2008, about the signs left by the remnants of the civil war in Darfur.


Glaciers, 2015 - 2016. Currently working on an inventory of glaciers in Switzerland.


Glaciers offset, 2017. Jacques Pugin tries to superimpose in a single image several moments. he flies over and records videos of the glaciers at different times, and then merges these multiple videos in post production so as to recreate glaciers .... By superimposing these layers, he recomposes an imaginary representation of the past.




1979  Swiss Design awards, Switzerland.

1980-1981-1982 Swiss Arts Awards, Switzerland.

1980  Grant from the City of Geneva “Lissignol-Chevalier”, =====Switzerland.

1981  Grant from the City of Geneva “Berthoud”, Switzerland.

2001  Grant of Leenaards Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland.




• Bernard Arnault Collection, France.

• Collection de la Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.

• Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva, Switzerland.

• Swiss Foundation for Photography, Fotostiftung Schweiz, =Winterthur, Switzerland.

• Elysée Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

• Municipal Contemporary Art Funds Geneva, Switzerland.

• Canton Geneva Contemporary Art Fund, Switzerland.

• The Polaroid Collection, Cambridge (USA).

• Réattu Museum, Collection of Photographs of International =Festival  “Rencontres d’Arles”, France.

• Collection of Nicephore Niepce Museum in Châlon-sur-Saône, oFrance.

• Goro International Press, Tokyo, Japan.

• Fribourg Museum of Art and History, Switzerland.

• M+M Auer Collection, Hermance, Switzerland.

• André L’Huillier Collection, Geneva, Switzerland.

• Photographic collection of the City of Montpellier, France.

• Chopard Collection, Switzerland.

• Centre de la Photographie, Geneva, Switzerland.

• Bank Gothard private Collection, Lugano, Switzerland.

• Collection Georges-Pompidou Modern Art Museum, Paris, =France.

• Bank Julius Baer private Collection, Switzerland.

   and other private collections.

Solo exhibitions (selection)


2018 Boutique Fusalp Paris,Exhibition organized by the Gallery

Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France

2017 Glaciers, Galerie Krisal, Carouge/Genève, Switzerland

2017 La montagne s’ombre, Art Gallery Heinz Julen,

Zermatt, Switzerlande

2016 Autrans International Mountain Film Festival, Exhibition of the

 series "Glaciers", Autrans, France

2016 Boutique Fusalp Paris,Exhibition organized by the Gallery

Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France

2015 As part of the Photofolies the exhibition "The khights

of the devil" and the exhibition "Grafted Graffiti",

Sainte Catherine Gallery, Rodez, France

2015 As part of the Month of Photography in Montreal, PHI Centre,

the exhibition "The knights of the devil", The post-

photographic condition, curator Joan Fontcuberta, Canada

2015 The knights of the devil and Sacred Site,

Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France

2014 Getxophoto, Struggles, Curator Christian Caujolle,

Getxo Bilbao, Spain

2014 La montagne s’ombre, AD Galerie, Nyon, Switzerland

2010 Galerie Kowasa, Barcelona, Spain

2009 La montagne s’ombre, Galerie Krisal,

Carouge Geneva, Switzerland

2009 D’ombre et de lumière, Musée de l’Elysée,

Lausanne, Switzerland

2006 La montagne s’ombre, Galerie Krisal,

Carouge Geneva, Switzerland

2005 Sacred Site, In Store, Bruxelles, Belgium

2004 La montagne bleue and Sacred Site, Galerie

Chambre Claire, Annecy, France

2002 La montagne bleue, Galerie Osmoz, Bulle, Switzerland

2002 Les déserts, Galerie Krisal, Carouge Geneva, Switzerland

2000 La montagne bleue, Photoforum PasquArt,

Bienne, Switzerland

1999 Traversée du désir, Galerie Fischlin, Nyon, Switzerland

1995 Galerie Fischlin, Geneva, Switzerland

1993 Photoforum Pasquart, Bienne, Switzerland

1990-1991 Centre de la Photographie, Geneva, Switzerland

1990 Galeria Spectrum (with Centre de la photographie,

Geneva), Saragossa, Spain

1988 Palais des Congrès et de la Culture, during the festival

de I’image de la ville du Mans, Le Mans

1987 Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

1984 Maison de la Culture de Rennes, Rennes, France

1984 Galerie Espace UN, Geneva, Switzerland

1983 Galerie Canon, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1983 Galerie Fotografia Oltre, Chiasso, Switzerland

1983 Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris

1982 Galerie Suzanne Kupfer, Bienne, Switzerland

1982 Galerie Canon, Geneva, Switzerland

1981 Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris

1980 Galerie Edwind Engelberts, Geneva, Switzerland

1979 Galerie Jean-Jacques Hofstetter, Fribourg, Switzerland

1977 Galerie des Pas Perdus, Bulle, Switzerland

1977 Galerie 38, Zurich, Switzerland

Group exhibitions (selection)


2018 Photo Basel, With the Esther Woerdehoff Gallery,

Basel, Switzerland

2017 Paysages Photographiques : réinventer le réel,

Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France

2017 Photo Basel, With the Esther Woerdehoff Gallery,

Basel, Switzerland

2017 Art Paris Art Fair, With the Esther Woerdehoff Gallery,

Paris, France

2017 Musée de l'Elysée, Vertical No Limit, Montain Photography

Curator : Daniel Girardin, Lausanne, Switzerland

2016 Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Stand D48

with the Esther Weordehoff Gallery, Paris, France

2016 Swiss Press Photo 2016, the National Museum Zurich,


Swiss Press Photo 2016, Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC),

Lugano, Switzerland

Swiss Press Photo 2016, Château de Prangins, Prangins,


2015 Kunst 15, 21st International Contemporary Art Fair,

Esther Woerdehoff Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

2015 Heuberg 24 Gallery, Felix Ackermann, en collaboration

avec la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff de Paris, Der magische

Berg, Basel

2011 Europ’ART Genève avec la Galerie Krisal, Geneva,


2009 Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, MAM, Fotografias

da colecao M+M Auer, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2007 Art Paris, Grand Palais, with Galerie Emotion

Lydie Trigano, Paris

2006 Sala municipal de exposiciones de San Benito, Una pasion

suiza Colecccion M. + M. Auer, San Benito, Spain

2005 Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain

2005 Des goûts et des couleurs…, Galerie Nicole et

Léon Herschtritt, Paris

2004 Paris Photo, with Galerie Krisal, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

2004 Art Paris, with Galerie Emotion, Paris

2003 Paris Photo, with Galerie Krisal, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

2001 Le chant de la machine, Galerie Voutat, Crêtes/Vandoeuvres,

Geneva, Switzerland

2001 Terre Ciel Mer, Biennale de photographie, Montpellier, France

2000 Le Nu Photographié, Galerie d’art du Conseil général des

Bouches-du-Rhône, Aix-en-Provence, France

1999 Histoires d’oeufs, Paris Photo & Galerie Marion Meyer, Paris

1997 Au Cervin qui fume, Forum de Meyrin, Switzerland

1993 Musée Rath, Escale 3, Geneva, Switzerland

1990 Galleria SPSAS, palazzo Morettini Locarno, Switzerland

1988 Musée de l’Elysée, La collection Polaroid, Lausanne,


1987 Genève : 9 photographes, Galeria ZPAF, Cracovie et

Stara Galeria, Warsaw, Poland

1987 Sélection III» from Polaroid Collection, The National

Museum for Photography, Bradford, Great-Britain

1986 Sélection III, curated by Dr. Erika Billeter from Lausanne,

Köln, Germany

1986 New black and white West-European photography,

Museum of Vilnius, Lituania

1985 Selections II from Polaroid, 4th Triennale Internationale de la

Photographie, curated by Alain Sayag from the Centre

Georges Pompidou inParis, Fribourg, Switzerland

1984 New Black & White West European Photography, The L.A.

Center of Photography Research, Los Angeles, USA

1984 La Couleur Créative, Mois de la Photo,

Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris

184 Young Swiss Photographers, Osaka Prefectural Art Center,

Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics Shadai Gallery, Kawtohu

Department Store in Morioka, Umeya

1984 Department Store à Odawara, Kanagama Prefectural

Gallery in Hokohama, Japan

1984 Les Gens de l’Ephémère, Centre Culturel Français,

Beer Sheva, Israel

1983 Les Gens de l’Ephémère, Tel Aviv and Haïfa Museums, Israel

1983 New Black & White West European Photography, Center for

Photography, Houston, USA

1983 Les Gens de l’Ephémère, Les Rencontres Internationales

de la photographie, Galerie Arena, Arles

1982 Photographie et Narration, Centre culturel de l’Yonne, with

Daniel Boudinnet, Guy Le Querrec, Ange Manganelli,

Jacques Pugin and David Seidner, Auxerre, France

1982 Photographes contemporains en Europe, Les Rencontres

Internationales de la photographie, Arles, France

1981 Jeunes Photographes Suisses, Musée d’art et d’histoire,

Geneva, Switzerland

1981 Section des Jeunes Photographes, Rencontre internationale

de la photographie, Arles

1980 Section des Jeunes Photographes, Rencontre internationale

de la photographie, Arles

1979 Galerie Canon, Geneva, Switzerland

1979 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland