Henry Brandt. Filmemacher und Fotograf

Henry Brandt. Filmmaker and photographer

A major figure in Swiss cinema between the 1950s and the 1980s, Henry Brandt (1921-1998) managed to grasp the major challenges faced by Switzerland and the world. His visual installation La Suisse s'interroge (Switzerland ponders) presented at the 1964 National Exhibition in Lausanne made a lasting impression on a whole generation of visitors. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, his filmmaking and photography are highlighted through a series of events in Switzerland so that the photographic work of this pioneer can finally be rediscovered, and his films find the place they deserve in the history of Swiss cinema. 


Henry Brandt

Filmmaker and photographer Henry Brandt (1921-1998) influenced an entire generation with the short films he created for the 1964 National Exhibition, critical observations of Switzerland's plentifulness and the beginnings of "new Swiss cinema." During his 35-year career, Henry Brandt produced numerous films and countless photographic reports in Switzerland and around the world. All his work was driven by both his humanist point of view and concern for the future of the planet.  



For the first time, this book explores Henry Brandt’s multifaceted work, carried out between the 1950s and the 1980s through documentary films, photo reports, photographic books and television programmes. The book retraces his work with different media, examines his way of combining commissioned work and criticism of contemporary society, and questions his constant desire to address both local and distant issues, and observe both the local context and the situation worldwide. This superbly illustrated book brings together articles by historians of cinema, photography and ethnography.

Pierre-Emmanuel Jaques and Olivier Lugon (dir.), Henry Brandt, cinéaste et photographe, Zürich : Scheidegger & Spiess, 2021, 350 pages.
With contributions from Christophe Brandt, Faye Corthésy, Roland Cosandey, Chantal Lafontant Vallotton, Frédéric Maire, Caroline Fournier and Nicolas Ricordel, Pierre-Emmanuel Jaques, Aude Joseph, Olivier Lugon, Grégoire Mayor, et al. Price: 49 CHF




Published to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of filmmaker and photographer Henry Brandt (1921-1998), this DVD box set brings together no less than 16 films, reports and TV extracts, digitized and lovingly restored by the Cinémathèque suisse, RTS and DAV. This is the opportunity to (re)discover the work of a major Swiss filmmaker, who was travelling the globe extensively while being deeply rooted in Switzerland

Henry Brandt, cinéaste et photographe, a 4 DVD box set accompanied by a 32-page booklet published by the Cinémathèque suisse and the Musée d'art et d'histoire in Neuchâtel (MahN). Text : Section d'histoire et esthétique du cinéma de l'Université de Lausanne. Price: 39 CHF