Bio

Living and working near Zurich, Switzerland, Ferit Kuyas fully commited himself to photo-graphy in the eighties after graduating from law school. Working mainly on personal projects, he published several books. After visiting Shanghai for commissioned work, Ferit’s travels brought him often back to China. His most recent book publication is City of Ambition with large cityscapes from the megalopolis Chongqing, China, which got published in October 2009. 2011 he started working on Aurora, a project with cityscapes and portraits in Guatemala City.

Bio

Ferit’s photographs have been shown in museums, galleries and festivals in Europe, America and Asia. His work is represented in private, corporate and public collections in the United States, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Turkey. He received a number of awards, among them the Kodak Photobook-
Award and the Hasselblad Masters.

“Amidst the thousands of images we see, there are some that impact on a deep personal level. It’s like they enter your body

Bio

in some way and reveal themselves to you indreams or come to you at moments in the day when you should be concentrating on the finances, or driving the car. Ferit’s images affected me in this way. From the first time I saw them, their sheer audacity delighted me. I can meditate on it and take myself on a journey. Even if photography did die, it would never die inside me – people like Ferit have filled me up with images forever.“  - Rhonda Wilson, Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Birmingham UK


Selected Individual Exhibitions

2013
Art Galerie Siegen, Siegen, Germany (June)

2012
MLL, Zurich
Art Passions La Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland

2011
Museumbickel, Walenstadt, Switzerland
Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Art Galerie Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Alliance Française, Guatemala City
Gallery 291, San Francisco

2010
Zacheta National Gallery of Art,
Warsaw, Poland
Pionowa Gallery, Transfotografia, Gdansk, Poland
Photogarage, Zurich
Museo de Arte Moderna Carlos Merida, Guatemala City
Transphotographiques, Lille, France
Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto
Galerie Monika Wertheimer, Oberwil, Switzerland
Yokohama Photo Festival, Japan (Projection)

2009
Lux Photo Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Interlaken Art Museum, Switzerland
Galerie Monika Wertheimer, Oberwil, Switzerland
Tenth International Photography Gathering, Aleppo, Syria
Photoforum Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR, USA

2008
Photofusion, London
Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland

2007
Galerie Monika Wertheimer, Oberwil, Switzerland

2004
IG Halle, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Fondation Herzog, Basel, Switzerland

2000
Galérie Périscope, Liège, Belgium

2001
Leica Gallery, Nidau, Switzerland
Walter Storms Galerie, Munich, Germany

1999
Nikon Image House, Küsnacht, Switzerland
Vebikus, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

 

Art Fairs and Festivals

2012
Photo LA, Los Angeles (Stephen Cohen Gallery)

2011
Lille Art Fair (Maison de la Photographie, Lille)
Photo LA, Los Angeles (Stephen Cohen Gallery and John Cleary Gallery)

2010
Toronto Art Fair (Bau-Xi Photo)
Affordable Art Fair, New York (John Cleary Gallery)
Photo LA, Los Angeles (Stephen Cohen Gallery)

2009
Contemporary Istanbul (Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul)
Photo Miami, Miami (Stephen Cohen Gallery)
Pingyao Photography Festival (Stephen Cohen Gallery)
Photo LA, Los Angeles (Stephen Cohen Gallery)

2008
Photo Miami, Miami (Stephen Cohen Gallery)
Kunst 08, Zurich, Switzerland (Edition Hirschkuh)

 

Teaching Assignments and Workshops

2013
ewz.selection, Zurich – Workshop Urban Landscapes
FineArtPix, Küttigen, Switzerland – Carbon Pigment Printing, Archival Pigment Printing, Digital Photography, Bookmaking, Black and White Photography since 2002
Lecturing assignment for “Group of Autodidactic Photographers” (GAF), Zurich and Berne – Photodesign, Architectural Photography, Curating the final exhibition and Black and White Photography since 1995
Workshops “Architectural Photography” and "Available Light", Baden Business School, Switzerland since 2010

2012
Examination expert for Photodseigner Graduation Exam, Zurich since 2011

2011
Artistic Direction of Photography Academy Verbier for Bank Julius Baer and Verbier Festival, Switzerland
Workshop “Landscape Photography”, La Fototeca, Guatemala City

2006
Northwestern Swiss institute of higher education (FHNW), Muttenz – Architectural Photography

2004
Zurich Vocational Training School – Photodesign in Black and White and Architectural Photography (since 2002)

2001
Aargau institute of higher education (Switzerland) – Architectural Photography (since 1997)

1998
Brugg Vocational Training School, Brugg, Switzerland – Black and White Photography for Beginners, Basics of Color Photography, Black and White Photography for Advanced Students, Fine-Art Printing in Black and White (since 1994)


 


Selected Joint Exhibitions

2013
Photographers:Network, Siegen, Germany (June)

2012
Frazier King Collection, Fotofest Headquarters, Houston TX
Pimp the Timp, Cologne, Germany
Foreign – Familiar, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
PM Gallery and House, London
Photo 12, Zurich, Switzerland

2011
Foreign – Familiar, Shangri-La Center, Manila
Photographers:Network, Siegen, Germany
Foreign – Familiar, BCAA, Bangkok
Dock 18, Zurich (Projection)
Illiterate Gallery, Denver CO
Houston Center for Photography, Houston
Photo 10, Zuriich

2010
Athens Photo Festival, Athens
John Cleary Gallery, Houston
Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto
*ALTEFABRIK, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Photo 09, Zürich, Switzerland

2009
Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego
10 Years of Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham UK
VOUTEXPO, Lavin, Switzerland
Photographers:Network, Siegen, Germany
Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
OST Gallery, Moscow
Tricolor @ ewz.selection, Zurich, Switzerland

2008
OST Gallery, Moscow
Descubrimientos, PhotoEspaña, Madrid
ewz.selection, Zurich, Switzerland
Vebikus, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany
Photo 08, Zurich, Switzerland

2007
Photo 07, Zurich, Switzerland

2006
The Selection vfg, Zurich, Switzerland
Photo 06, Zurich, Switzerland

2005
The Selection vfg, Zurich, Switzerland

2003
Galérie Périscope, Liège, Belgium

2001
Nikon Image House, Küsnacht, Switzerland

2000
Swiss Camera Museum, Vevey, Switzerland
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

1994
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

 

Selected Publications

2012
Aurora, in RaRa Magazine, Issue 8.Guatemala City.
Art Passions, Revue Suisse d’art et de Culture, No. 30, June 2012, page 84ff, Geneva, Switzerland
Victor by Hasselblad Online 05.2012, pages 28ff

2011
Norbert Spitz, Goethe Institut Thailand: Foreign – Familiar, Texts by F.-X. Augustin, W. Bellwinkel, M. Schlüter, N. Spitz, A. Supartono. Catalog. 96 pages. German/English, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg 2011
City of Ambition, in RaRa Magazine, Issue 3.Guatemala City.
Arte Laguna Art Prize 10.11, Catalog, Venice 2011, 164 pages

2010
Blue Sky 08/09, Catalog, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR
Transfotografia – Druga Natura: Catalog to the festival, Gdansk, Poland, 48 pages
Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey; Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi, essays by Ali Akay, Ahu Antmen, Emre Baykal and Irit Rogoff, 328 pages, TransGlobe Publishing, London
Besucher in der Monsterstadt, Katrin Hafner in: Tages-Anzeiger, June 15, 2010, Zurich

2009
NZZ Tableau: City of Ambition. In: Neue Zurcher Zeitung, November 23 to 27, 2009, Zurich
Der Freitag: Franfurter Buchmesse 2009, October 15, 2009
Ferit Kuyas: Chongqing – City of Ambition, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 112 pages (English edition) and Benteli Publishers, Berne, 120 pages (German edition)
Nico Ruffo in Kulturplatz (Swiss TV SF1): Agglosuisse – Aufregend langweilig: der Fotograf Ferit Kuyas zeigt die Agglo Schweiz, 4:35 minutes.
Ferit Kuyas photos capture a foggy Chinese city on fast-forward: the Oregonian, July 6, 2009
Editions I: joint catalog with 4 other photographers, Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul

2008
Western Eyes, in British Journal of Photography, London, July 23, 2008
Ingrid Fischer Jonge in: Katalog 20.3, Brandts Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
Joanna Vasdeki in: Highlights Magazine Issue #37, Athens, Greece
International Festival of Photography in Lodz: Made in China, Catalog to the Festival, Lodz, Poland 2008, 218 pages
Descubrimientos PHE08, Catalog, PhotoEspana, Madrid
China Now, Catalog, London
European Photography #83, Berlin
3view GmbH/ewz: ewz.selection, Katalog ewz.selection 2007 (joint catalog with 17 photographers), Schwabe Verlag, Basel 2008
Markus Zuber: From Capture to Print, Edition Castel, Kuettigen 2008

2006
3view GmbH/vfg: The Selection vfg, Katalog The Selection vfg 2005 (joint catalog with 17 photographers), Schwabe Verlag, Basel 2006, 176 pages

2005
3view GmbH/vfg: The Selection vfg, Katalog The Selection vfg 2004 (joint catalog with 17 photographers), Schwabe Verlag, Basel 2006, 176 pages

2004
Ferit Kuyas, Bauplätze-Schauplätze, Horgen 2004, 28 pages
American Photography 20 (joint catalog), HarperCollins International, New York

2003
Christoph Maria Merki: Von der Liechtensteinischen Landkanzlei zur internationalen Finanzberatung, hier + jetzt, Baden, Switzerland 2003

2002
Ferit Kuyas, Archetypes and Industrial Interiors, 20 pages. Wädenswil: own edition.
Ferit Kuyas et al., Hasselblad Masters Calendar, joint publication with 11 international photographers. Hasselblad AB, Göteborg

2002
Ferit Kuyas, Hasselblad Master, in Hasselblad Forum, No 03 2002, Göteborg
American Photography 18 (joint catalog), Amilus Inc., New York

2001
Ferit Kuyas, Shanghai, Kingdom of the Howling Stones, in: Multisala International, Rome, May/June 2001.

2000
Ferit Kuyas, Edy Brunner and Marco Paoluzzo: Shanghai, Edition Stemmle, Thalwil/Zurich and New York 2000, 132 pages
American Photography 17 (joint catalog), D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers., New York
Ferit Kuyas, Shanghai, in: Hasselblad Forum, No 02 2000, Göteborg

1999
Ferit Kuyas: Industrial Interiors, Edition Stemmle, Thalwil/Zurich and New York 1999, 120 pages.
Ferit Kuyas, Industriewelten, in: Photo Technik International, No 4 1999, Munich.
Ferit Kuyas and Stephen Bayley, A Steely Gaze, in: The Sunday Review, The Independent on Sunday, March 21 1999, London.

1998
Ferit Kuyas, in Nikon News (German Edition), No 4, 1998, Küsnacht, Switzerland.
Ferit Kuyas, in Nikon News (French Edition), No 4, 1998, Küsnacht, Switzerland.

1997
Dokumentation öffentlicher Bauten: Dienstleistungszentrum Zofingen (Documentation of public buildings in the Canton of Aargau: Zofingen services centre). Aarau: Baudepartement des Kantons Aargau.

1996
Dokumentation öffentlicher Bauten: Verkehrsleitzentrale Schafisheim (Documentation of public buildings in the Canton of Aargau: Schafisheim traffic control centre). Aarau: Baudepartement des Kantons Aargau.

1995
Max Matter, Stelen am Stahlrain (Pillars on the Stahlrain), Brugg.

1994
Hans-Peter Bärtschi and Ferit Kuyas, Der Industrielehrpfad Zürcher Oberland (On the Trail of Industrial History in the Zurich Uplands). Wetzikon: Druckerei Wetzikon.

1992
Ferit Kuyas et al. Calendar, joint publication with 11 Swiss-German photographers. Lugano: Ticino Vita.
Ferit Kuyas, Die Brauerei (The Brewery), sample book of 12 silver gelatine prints. Zurich:own edition.

1991
Ferit Kuyas, Fabriken am Aabach (Factories on the Aabach), portfolio of 45 photographs. Zurich: own edition.

 

 

Awards and Distinctions

2013
Nomination Hasselblad Masters Award

2012
Nomination Review Santa Fe

2010
Two nominations for Prix Pictet
Open Artist Call Award, Guatephoto, Guatemala City

2009
Participant Review Santa Fe

2008
Critical Mass Top 50
Participant Descubrimientos, PhotoEspana 2008, Madrid
Nomination Review Santa Fe

2007
Nomination of the project City of Ambition for Houston FotoFest 2008
Participant Review Santa Fe

2006
The Selection vfg 2005

2005
The Selection vfg 2004

2004
American Photography 20

2002
Hasselblad Masters
American Photography 18

2001
American Photography 17
Grant by the Culture Foundation of Spinnerei Streiff AG, Switzerland

2000
Millenium Bronze Award by Sappi paper for the book Shanghai
Grant by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture

1999
Kodak Fotobuchpreis (Photobook-Award, Kodak Germany) for the book Industrial Interiors

1998
Grant by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture for Industral Interiors
Grant by the Cassinelli Vogel Foundation, Zurich

 

Collections

Canton Berne, Switzerland
Canton Aargau, Switzerland
Centrum Bank, Vaduz Liechtenstein
City of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
City of Uster, Switzerland
City of Waedenswil, Switzerland
EWD Collection, Davos, Switzerland
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Collection, Basel, Switzerland
Frazier King Collection, Houston TX
Howard Stein Collection, New York
Interartes, Zurich
Joan Morgenstern Collection, Houston TX
LeHigh Collection, Pittsburgh PA, USA

La Fototeca, Guatemala City
Metron Collection, Brugg, Switzerland
Musèe de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
NOK (AXPO) Collection, Baden, Switzerland
Photographers:Network, Siegen, Germany

Portland Art Musuem, Portland OR

Private and institutional Collections

 

Lectures and Talks

2013
Lecture at WIZO Academy of Design and Education, Haifa, Israel
Lecture at Sapir College, Shaar Hanegev, Israel

2012
Lecture at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
Lecture at Musrara School of Photography and New Media, Jerusalem, Israel
Lecture at Siegen Art Musuem (Photographers:Network)

2011
Round table discussion on city development issues, Muesumbickel, Walenstadt, Switzerland
Lecture at La Fototeca, Guatemala City
Gallery Talk at Gallery, 291, San Francisco

2010
Round table discussion “A Passion 4 Art” at Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich
Gallery Talk at Photogarage, Zurich
Lecture at National Museum of Modern Art Carlos Merida, Guatemala City
Lecture at *ALTEFABRIK, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Gallery Talk at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Canada
Lecture at WIZO Academy of Design and Education, Haifa, Israel
Lecture at Musrara School of Photography and New Media, Jerusalem, Israel

2009
Lecture at Kunsthaus Interlaken (Interlaken Art Museum), Switzerland
Gallery Talk at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR, USA
Lecture at Siegen Art Musuem (Photographers:Network)

2008
Gallery Talk at Photofusion Gallery: Grace Lau in conversation with Ferit Kuyas