Photography
Peter Knapp
Peter Knapp
Peter Knapp
Peter Knapp
Peter Knapp
Peter Knapp
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Peter Knapp
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Peter Knapp
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Introduction

Peter Knapp was born in 1931, in Baeretschwill in Suitzerland. After completing a course in painting, he applied to the Zürich School of Decorative Arts, in the section of Graphic Arts. There he discovered photography, and worked as an intern at Monticelli's workshop (from 1948 to 1950).

In 1951, he moved to Paris and began drawing classes at the School of Fine Arts and then to the Julian Academy. He worked as a graphic artist in 1953 for Paul Marquet. The following year and for 2 years, he became the artistic director of the Nouveau Fémina. In parallel, he worked for the Galeries Lafayette until 1959. In the same year, he was hired as the artistic director by Elle magazine until 1966 and then from 1974 to 1978. In this context, he made his first fashion photos. He also made coverages. His activities were diverse : he worked as a decorator for theatre on the plays of Max frish and Eugène Ionesco.

From 1965 to 1968, he directed forty documentary films as part of the show ?Dim, Dam, Dom? testifying the culture of his time. His interest for fashion led him to collaborate with designers: he worked for Courrèges, with whom he stayed very close and Ungaro. In 1968, he worked as the artistic director of Rencontre and André Sauret editions while pursuing his coverages. He worked as a photographer for the press: Vogue, Stern, Elle, Sunday times (coverages, portraits, fashion). In 1974, he presented his first major personal exhibition in Basel and since then he has carried on exhibiting with work regularly; His interest for contemporary art led him to be in charge of the layout of a book collection edited by the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1981.

In 2002, he directed three films on the history of photography for TV5 and in 2006, a 52 minutes documentary film on « Van Gogh, les derniers jours à Anvers » (« Van Gogh, the last days in Antwerp »).

Peter Knapp is a member of the Rencontres de Lurs (the Lurs Meetings), A.G.I. (Alliance Graphique Internationale/International Graphic Allaince) and lecturer at Sciences-Po.

Biography

Solo exhibitions


2016

  • L’homme est partout, Carzou Foundation, Manosque, France
  • L’homme est partout, Stämpfli Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

 

2014

  • Rio sur Seine, Art and History Museum, Saint-Denis, France
  • Artpassions Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Elles, 101 regards sur les femmes, Swiss Museum in Geneva, Switzerland

 

2012

  • L’écriture ou la vie de Jorge Semprun, baudoin lebon, Paris, France
  • Profil de l’eau, with Rafael Navarro, baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

2009

  • Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland
  • Nicephore Niepce Museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
  • Giacometti House, Stampa, Switzerland

 

2008

  • European House of Photography, Paris, France
  • FIAF Gallery (French Institute – Alliance Française), New York, USA
  • Beyeler Gallery, Klosters-Serneus, Switzerland
  • Transfotografia, Gdansk, Poland

 

2006

  • Il n’y avait pas que du mazout, baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

2005

  • La couleur de ma peau, Carreau d’Art, Cergy-Pontoise, France

 

2002

  • Minuit à Fécamp, French Institute of Marrakech, Marocco

 

1993-1996

  • Photos d’elles. Temps de pose : 1950-1990, Michèle Auer, Photography’s Center and Halels de l’Ile, Geneva, Switzerland
  • EPA Gérard Philippe House, Cergy-Pontoise, France
  • Museum of cloths, Lyon, France
  • Synkiria 96, Thessaloniki Design Museum, Greece

 

1992

  • Ceps de vigne, Malescot Saint-Exupéry Castel, Margaux, France
  • Museum, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
  • 35 maculations sur Alberto Giacometti, Littmann Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

 

1991

  • Europa Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Comme des oiseaux, Magasin Jelmoli, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Anges et démons, Juan Guaita Gallery, Palma de Majorque, Spain
  • Porte de la Suisse, Paris, France
  • Contemporary art center, Besançon, France
  • Italian cultural institute, Lyon, France

 

1990

  • Le grand maquillage, Art Expo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ex-Photos, Paris Art Center, Paris, France
  • Art Transition, MIT, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Boston, USA

 

1989

  • Souvenirs, Crépuscules, Swiss cultural center, Paris, France
  • 7 situations d’art, FRAC Franche-Comté, Belfort Museum, France

 

1988

Drapeaux, Europa Gallery, Paris, France

  • Black Horses, Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
  • Ex-corpus, Photography’s Center, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Aéro-Flag, Swiss cultural center, Paris, France

 

1987

  • Sky-Art, Fine Arts Museum, Dôle, France
  • Montrouge’s Exhibition, France
  • Photos de command et autres, Museum of Bochum, Germany

 

1986

  • Paris-Zurich : 17 Photographies en plein Vol, Atelier des Forges, Arles, France
  • Espace et Image, Paris Art Center, Paris, France

 

1984

  • 300 images N/N 1960-1980, Les Ciels, Portfolio Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Aéroglyphes, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France












Group exhibitions (selected)


2016

  • Nuits photographiques, Festival, Pierrevert, France
  • Photo London, with baudoin lebon, London, UK
  • Art Elysées, with baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

2012

  • Paris Photo, with baudoin lebon, Paris, France

 

2009

  • Les nuages… Là-bas… Les merveilleux nuages, Malraux Museum, Le Havre, France

 

2008

  • La Mode 60, Colisée’s Gallery, Lille, France

 

2007

  • Festival Transphotographiques, le Tri Postal, Lille, France

 

2006

  • Un siècle de couleurs et des photographies, Nicéphore Niépcen Museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

 

2005

  • Photo suisse, Il rapporto fra le immagini srg Pro Helvetia, Swiss institute, Roma, Italy

 

2004

  • Collection, M+M Auer, une histoire de la photographie, Theater of photography and image, Nice, France
  • Bling Bling, Tissus de rêve de Saint-Gall, Landesmuseum, Zurich, Switzerland

 

2003

  • Strassenbilder, Littmann production, Basel, Switzerland

 

2001

  • Les années POP, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
  • Look at me, Milton Keynes Gallery, United-Kingdom

 

2000

  • Le siècle du corps, photographies 1900-2000, Culturgest, Lisbonne, Portugal
  • Elysée Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Mutation Mode 1960-2000, Galliera Museum, Paris, France

 


public collections

  • Photography’s center, Geneva, Switzerland
  • L'Huillier Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Foundation for swiss photography, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Plastics Arts Found, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Nicéphore Niépce Museum, Chalon-sur-Saône, France


Exhibitions

Peter Knapp
Claude de Soria / Antoine HERSCHER / Peter Knapp / Philippe PERRIN / A-Sun Wu
Mathieu BERNARD-REYMOND / Yves Gellie / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter Knapp / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Philippe PERRIN / Joel-Peter Witkin
Malala Andrialavidrazana / Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Christian Courrèges / Yves Gellie / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter Knapp / Chrystèle Lerisse / Lisette MODEL / Félix Tournachon dit NADAR / Pierre-Louis PIERSON / Joel-Peter Witkin
Peter Knapp / Rafael NAVARRO