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© Hannes Schmid, 2019

I was always intrigued by people and their lives. I always knew that my camera could bear witness to their stories. Our stories need to be told and shared to bridge needs at different levels. This is one of my most compelling photo-essays, which has triggered a many-faceted reaction. The birth of Smiling Gecko is the result of this essay and the project itself is a social sculpture.

“Hannes Schmid of Switzerland made an impassioned plea for photographers to reflect social and political issues.” - Suzy Menkes in a 1992 NY times review of the 4th International Festival of Fashion Photography in Monaco.