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Luc Chessex

Luc Chessex
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Luc Chessex
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Luc Chessex
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Luc Chessex
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Luc Chessex
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Luc Chessex, Pully, 2014
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Luc Chessex, Santiago de Cuba, 1966
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Luc Chessex, Zurich, 1984
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Luc Chessex, 1936

Photographer, Lausanne


At 25, after studying at the School of Photography in Vevey, Luc Chessex traveled to Cuba. He planned to stay for a year to support the revolution with his photographs, but stayed 14 years, building an important collection of photos on Cuban life during the time. From 1961 to 1968 he worked for the Ministry of Culture, particularly as a photographer for Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. As a highlight of his career, he served as artistic director of the magazine "Cuba internacional". Later, as correspondent for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, Chessex traveled throughout the South American continent for over four years and assembled a tremendous collection of images from which he created the exhibition "When there is no more Eldorado" (1977), the first part of a trilogy also composed of a film and a book. Back in Lausanne in 1975, he worked as freelance photographer and decided to turn his camera to Switzerland. This project resulted in the exhibition and book "Swiss Life" (1987). Chessex actively worked for humanitarian causes, on theatre of wars, and on development projects for the International Committee of the Red Cross or the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Ten years of travel in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the US lead to the monumental "Around the World" exhibition and book (1999). From 1981 to 1989 Chessex taught in various photography schools. He began a thorough investigation of multiculturalism in the Lausanne area that resulted in the exhibition and book "Of all the colors" (2012).