PHOTOGRAPHY IS MY POINT OF DEPARTURE AND THE CAMERA, THE TOOL WHICH I WRITE MY STORIES.
Swiss artist Hannes Schmid is most sought after for his extraordinary photo-essays. Born in 1946 to Swiss parents, he was trained as an electrician, but found his true calling in photography while travelling on a work trip in South Africa. Largely self-taught, yet a consummate master of the medium, his decades-spanning works are sans pareil unconventional and recognized in various genres of photography.
Photography is Hannes’s way of bearing witness to his curious eye and unwavering determination to seek out the truth. Some of his most recognized works include the iconic Marlboro Man, Rockstars, For Gods Only and Human Currents which have been exhibited at various galleries and museums. In recent years, he has delved into a variety of art forms to create a provocative body of work, which includes transforming his Marlboro Man onto the canvas and a social sculpture, taking place in Cambodia.
Despite having earned various nominations and awards (including an Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Hannes by the University of Zurich), Hannes belongs to a category of artists that goes beyond the confines of traditional photography. The larger part of his archive now sits in his atelier, waiting to be discovered.
HANNES SCHMID HONORED WITH «TREBBIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD»
In 2000, the international MIRO Gallery has established the European award as an expression of thanks to entrepreneurs, patrons and artists, and named it after the river Trebbia. The prestigious award is presented annually to laureates from many countries around the world as part of a live broadcast of Czech and Slovak television by the «TREBBIA Foundation». Among the previous winners were among others Markus Lüppertz, Ronnie Wood, Václav Havel, Bob Geldorf, Wladimir Klitschko, Luciano Benetton, Annie Leibovitz, König Norodom Sihamoni and Karel Gott. I feel incredibly honored to receive the «Trebbia International Award» for my artistic photography and philanthropic and humanitarian work in Cambodia on June 16, 2019,
For the past 18 years the Trebbia Gala Evening has been one of the most prestigious international events on the territory of the Czech and Slovak Republic.
The award is dedicated to the hundreds of families and children in Cambodia, who are not as fortunate as we are and who have to live a miserable life.