Faces of Geneva: Photography Project

If you had to pick your favourite spot in Geneva, and describe the city in one word, what would you say? That’s the question that photographer Josh Fassbind has been asking Geneva residents since 2010.

My response would be the lakeside, and my one word would be lifestyle!

After meeting 150 of the 193 nationalities represented at the UN, Mr. Fassbind has now put together a photo exhibition of his subjects in their favourite spots around town. Faces of Geneva aims to discover a shared living space, and points out our city’s multicultural character. “This project started from the desire to compare experiences in the shared living space of Geneva,” notes the artist. These images immortalise each participant in his or her favourite Geneva location, and each image is tagged with the subject’s first name, country of origin and their chosen key word.

The project began in October 2010 with a Finn who chose to be photographed running on the banks of the Rhône, at La Jonction. The project continued over the months, with Fassbind often taking up to five photos per day! Some of the favourite places are the Place des Nations, Pâquis baths and the lakeshore. The project also shows some more unusual locations, however, such as a Carouge chocolate shop where a young Macedonian woman, Mika, wanted to be photographed. Sam, from Papua-New-Guinea even chose the roof of the Alpes parking, in Pâquis!

The photos are square because, in Fassbind’s view, this shape is more expressive for photography. He also felt strongly about having the images in black and white “to reinforce the timeless aspect, and avoid the distractions of a saturated background.”

Faces of Geneva is a unique look at our unique town, and I suggest you stop by and take a look! Maison Tavel, Rue du Puits-St-Pierre, 6. Until February 24, 2013.







About the Author
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I am originally from Bucharest, Romania and some of the things I enjoy are life, Art and Geneva. I arrived in Geneva almost a decade ago and after all these years, I am still very much in love with its size, its sunsets, the lake, its diversity and mix of cultures. I am passionate about Art because it allows me the freedom to imagine anything I want, there are no restrictions or mistakes. It’s a world where everything is possible. And I enjoy life because all those small things make me happy! I am in charge of the Art &Culture section and with my articles, I’ll try to show Biskotti readers Geneva’s cultural side through my eyes. Stay tuned!