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This week we will be sharing with you some photos from our 2019 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography finalists. If you are a talented photographer, keep in mind that the submission deadline for the 2020 Meitar Award is July 20.⁣

Here presented is Claudio Rasano (Switzerland)⁣



The Meitar Award, a collaboration between PHOTO IS:RAEL and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, will be awarded for the fifth time this year to a photographer whose works demonstrate excellence in the field of photography.⁣



The “Night of the year” is the unmissable event of the opening week of the festival. It is a photographic discovery to see around 40 proposals projected in loops on several screens: the festival’s favourite artists and photographers, carte blanche to institutions.

Fubiz Through The Lens Of Photographer

Through The Lens Of Photographer C’est à Bâle, en Suisse, que Claudio Rasano vit et travaille. Quand Claudio Rasano photographie des individus, il les capture dans des paysages qu’ils connaissent tout particulièrement. Sous la lumière naturelle, Claudio Rasano a à cœur de montrer le visage le plus authentique de chacun des sujets qu’il photographie et du contexte dans lequel ils évoluent.

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Claudio is a Swiss photographer working at the intersection of documentary and fine art photography. With a simple but strong approach, Claudio explores the spaces inhabited by his sitters, at the time that he portrays the inner self. In his series "Same Place", Claudio scouts South African neighborhoods photographing common places and its inhabitants, and the simplicity and isolation in which the pictures are made, are precisely their strength, revealing surprising facts and letting us wonder what lies beneath the frame.


Claudio Rasano’s photographs tell the story of a place through people who inhabit it

An “anthropological commentary” informs viewers of the Basel-based photographer’s work.


I would probably describe my style as genuine and therefore identifiable, somewhere in between documentary and fine art practices.

Exhibition for an Art and Design Festival in Feldkirch/Austria.


for an Art and Design Festival in 

Feldkirch/Austria. 8 bis 10 November


In conversation with Claudio Rasano

Claudio Rasano is an award-winning portrait and landscape photographer. In recent years, the celebrated Swiss-native has garnered both the 2016 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the 2017 Photovogue Portraits award. Claudio explores the relationship between humans and spaces, the subject within the space as well as the space itself. We got in touch with him to ask him about his journey.

The South West Collective of Photography

When Rasano captures people or landscapes, he shows his opposite without artifical distortion, mostly in a natural light. It is important to him to show the subject authentic and in its habitual environment.

Claudio Rasano is a photographer who lives in Basel and has been awarded with prizes such as the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, in the National Portrait Gallery, London, the European Publishers Award for Photography and the American Photo Images of the Year. His works have been exhibited internationally, for example at the National Portrait Gallery London, the Hasselblad Masters Finalists in London, the Fotobuchtage at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, the PHotoEspaña in Madrid and the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

Palm Studios

Claudio Rasano lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. His work explores the relationship between spaces and humans, the subject within the space and the space as the subject itself. Rasano has a genuine and identifiable style that crosses documentary and fine art practices. He works with people from similar backgrounds, circumstances and experiences – environmental portraits and landscapes depicting a quiet anthropological commentary. There is a strong relationship between the environmental portraits and the landscape images.

He is the recipient of Photovogue Portraits 2017, Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2016, Lensculture portrait award Finalists, Syngenta Photography Award Unseen and Life 2017 Framer World Travellers.


Who influenced your work the most? Are there any other photographers that you would consider as an idol?

I do not really have idols, but I do admire the work of Michal Chelbin, Ken Hermann, Laura Pannack, Spencer Murphy, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.

The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 3

Fresh, inspiring, insightful, thought-provoking: here is an overview and introduction to 165 of the most exciting contemporary photographers from cultures around the world. This book celebrates excellence in the visual language of photography in all genres: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, portrait, street photography, abstract, landscape, architecture, nature, alternative process, experimental, poetic, personal, and more.

From the already world-famous, to brand new discoveries and emerging talents, anyone who is serious about the current state of photography around the globe will be delighted and surprised to discover the rich variety of photographers and their imagery presented in these pages.

Who are the people practicing this profound universal language with fluency in our image-saturated world today? This book attempts to answer that question. The editors of this volume believe it takes the critical eyes of curators and experts in the field to discover and celebrate true excellence, finding those images that stand out from the crowd and deserve our considered attention. In addition to appearing in the pages of this book, all of these photographers have been featured in exhibitions and shows at large-scale international photo festivals and events around the world in the past year.

Cartography N°6

Cartography N°6 embarks on a journey towards the outermost reaches of China. In the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region – where mosques and Zoroastrian temples coexist alongside each other, and the land is inhabited by Turkic-looking Uyghurs and blond blue-eyed Tajiks – we explore what once was the buzzing heart of the Silk Road.

Then comes Argentina, whose frontiers mainly rest upon natural features—rivers, mountains, and the ocean. We touch the edges of the Country: the Misiones subtropical forest, the watery province wedged in between Paraguay and Brazil, the Andean North-West where people’s faces are burnt by the altitude and the light fazes the roads, the beginning of the South, Patagonia, pushing up against the beautiful pre-Cordillera.

Finally, the issue brings the reader along the the Jordan Trail, from South Little Petra to Titin Village, hiking for a hundred miles over eight days, sleeping mostly in serviced wild camps with meals prepared by the local community. Beautifully shot by photographer Catherine Hyland, this almost endless hiking route crosses the entire country, from the Fertile Crescent in the North to the edge of the Arabian Desert and the Red Sea in the South.

Portrait of Humanity Book

Portrait ofHumanity brings together 200 of the best images taken by photographers of all levels from all over the world, selected from tens of thousands of entries.The publication supports a global touring exhibition which will visitNigeria, Australia, USA and many more places, bringing global exposure tothe book. The award and exhibition is organised by 1854 media (BritishJournal of Photography) and Magnum Photos and the images in the publication are accompanied by short, telling stories from each
photographer, bringing home the humanity of those photographed.

Portrait Photography Guide

Whether it’s smiling portraits of family members at a gathering or studio portraits of world leaders on the cover of magazines, candid travel snaps of interesting souls or millions upon millions of selfies on Instagram, portrait photography is ever-present. It threads the wonderful moments and memories of our lives, connecting us to loved ones and strangers in mysterious and memorable ways.

What is it about portrait photography that makes it so special for both photographers and our audience? Why do some portraits make themselves a permanent home in our visual memory? And what makes the difference between a decent ordinary portrait and an extraordinary one?

In this guide, we attempt to find some answers! Through conversations, advice and tips from some of the best photographers today and other experts around the world, our aim is unravel some of the mystery around portraiture.

Within these pages, we’ve curated fantastic interviews, stunning photo essays and lists of helpful resources to arm you with information and inspiration. Our hope is that this guide will help expand and challenge your own portrait-making, now and in the future.


 zeitgenössische Fotografie zum Thema „Mensch


Auf seinen Streifzügen nimmt er Dinge war, an denen andere vorbeilaufen würden. Das meint er, sei seine grosse Stärke. Er fotografiert auch nicht gerne bei strahlendem Sonnenschein. Vielmehr taucht er seine Fotos in dieses unnachahmliche „Rasano-Licht“. Und so gehen dann von den Fotos dieser Zauber aus, ob er nun am Strand in Südafrika fotografiert oder einen Baum mit Gartenhäuschen im Schnee bei uns um die Ecke! 

Mit den Portraits verfährt er genau gleich. Nie im künstlichen Licht, unverfälscht und in gewisser Weise nimmt er die Menschen „würdevoll“ auf. 

Claudio Rasano,  1970  in  Basel  geboren,  ist  für  seine  Fotografien  mit  namhaften  Preisen  ausgezeichnet  worden,  u.a.  mit  dem Taylor  Wessing  Photographic  Portrait  Prize  der National Gallery London, dem European Publishers  Award  for  Photography  und  dem  American Photo Images of the Year. Seine Arbeiten waren international zu sehen, u.a. in der National Portrait Gallery London, in der Ausstellung der Hasselblad Masters Finalists, an den Fotobuchtagen in  den  Deichtorhallen  Hamburg,  in  Australian  Centre  for  Photography  in  Sydney,  an  der  PHotoEspaña in Madrid und in der Scottish National Gallery  in  Edinburgh. 

Our bodies have a lot to be and do. They are biological battlegrounds, projection surfaces for fantasies, loci of individuality, and sites of political and social contention—manipulated, transformed, and increasingly commercialized. Despite their vulnerabilities, bodies are a kind of personal ur-architecture, structuring so much of how we experience the world, all while acting as powerful tools to mold the world in turn. The exhibition A Tooth for an Eye focuses on the representational outsides and the inscrutable insides of bodies, the dependencies they have (on other bodies as much as on supplemental objects) and the mutational possibilities open to them. The featured works dissolve the body into smoke, partition it into pieces, reveal the limits of its control, and examine the traces it builds and leaves behind. Like a body, the exhibition is not a stable entity, but transforms from room to room as visitors encounter works by sixteen artists from different generations working around the body—conceptually, archaeologically, experimentally, sensually, expressionistically.

With Camille Bres, Mona Broschár, Simona Deflorin, Gerome Gadient, Hannah Gahlert, Axel Gouala, Philipp Hänger, Dominik His, Jeronim Horvat, Daniel Kurth, Kaspar Ludwig, Ines P. Kubler, Claudio Rasano, Dorian Sari, Simone Steinegger, and Mirjam Walter.


Claudio Rasano (b.1970) is from Basel, Switzerland. His work explores the relationship between spaces and humans, the spaces often contrasting the people who inhabit it.  His work avoids any artistic falsification of the way his subjects really are. His tool, the camera, is always discrete, never obtrusive, truly honest noting that he only takes photographs when the people agree.

The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 2

Here are 162 award-winning photographers you should know. These exciting contemporary photographers come from 38 countries on five continents, and they are making remarkable work right now in diverse cultures around the world. It’s fresh, inspiring, insightful and thought-provoking.

This book celebrates excellence in the visual language of photography in all genres: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, portrait, street photography, abstract, landscape, architecture, nature, alternative process, experimental, poetic, personal, and more.

Winner ING Unseen Instagram Competition 2017

Over the last two weeks, photography lovers and enthusiastic Instagrammers were called on to submit their interpretation of the 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award theme Common Ground for the ING Unseen Instagram Competition.

Earlier this week the ING Unseen Instagram Competition closed. The Head Curator of the ING Collection and Artistic Director at Unseen were asked to select the photograph that best interpreted the 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award theme Common Ground. After a fantastic number of almost 600 submissions, we are delighted to announce that the winning photograph was submitted by Switzerland-based photographer Claudio Rasano.

Rasano's interpretation of the theme Common Ground: 'When people find themselves in certain situations, overwhelmed with emotions due to circumstances beyond their control, we don’t think of boxes, of male female, race or nationality, we don’t think, we react, and in so doing become equal - we find Common Ground. This image shows the fragility of life and the importance of holding on together.'

Astrid Wassenberg, The Head Curator of the ING Collection, said of Claudio Rasano's submission: 'The image submitted is very striking and immediately grasps your attention. The questioning of what it is to be human, what we value and the spaces we inhabit make it particularly pertinent to our times.'

Emilia van Lynden, Artistic Director at Unseen, said of the entries to this year's ING Unseen Instagram Competition: 'It is great to see that each year the submitted works are substantially increasing in quality. The theme ‘Common Ground’ was interpreted by the vast majority of applicants as having a distinct sociological link whilst focusing on the strength and resilience of their fellow man. It is fantastic to see that so many people are engaging with this competition and are generating such an insight into the world around us.'

Read more about the ING Unseen Instagram Competition here.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to this competition, and we look forward to seeing more from you in the future!

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Swiss-Italian photographer Claudio Rasano praised by judges for creating ‘something beautiful out of the everyday’

it, proclaimed the overall best photographer who will receive a Leica TL as well as shoot a portrait to be featured in L’Uomo Vogue using Leica professional equipment.

The chosen photographer is Claudio Rasano (Basil,1970) who stood out for the profoundness of his work, the incisiveness of his vision and the ability to explore such complex topics whilst always remaining respectful to the portrayed subject.


Leica Galerie

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FOG Magazin:

Trolley Pushers Claudio Rasanos Portraits südafrikanischer Müllsammler zeigen sogenannte Trolley Pushers. Die Trolley Pushers durchforsten Mülltonnen und Strassen der Wohn- und Geschäftsviertel Johannesburgs nach wiederverkäuflichen Abfällen.


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doc! photo magazine #32:

Everyone Lives in the Same Place Like Before Black White & Coloured

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