“I’M INTERESTED IN A PERSON’S ESSENCE, IN THEIR TRUE SELF. THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO CAPTURE. IN ALL ITS SHADES, WITH ALL ITS LIGHT.”
Beat Mumenthaler is a Swiss portrait photographer whose expressive images have earned him international renown. From Switzerland’s Federal Council to mountain farmers, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Avo Uvezian, from the last Holocaust survivors to the child refugee from Syria: the personalities photographed by Beat Mumenthaler appear natural, open and genuine.
His sensitivity and ability to form a relationship of trust and closeness with his subjects allow the photographer to produce authentic portraits. Images of individuals that convey the impression of being able to acquire a greater insight into a life. At the same time they continually testify to a respect and love of people and their individual beauty, truth and charisma. Beat Mumenthaler captures this essence – in an uncomplicated form, often in black and white, reduced to the essential.
In 2017 Beat Mumenthaler gave the Swiss government a convincing face in his official portrait of the Federal Council. At “photo17” he exhibited moving portraits of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. His work for the touring exhibition “The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors” has won international awards, as has his work “Chihuahua” and many other pictures.
Beat Mumenthaler works in portraiture, advertising and art and his photographs feature in exhibitions, books, presentations and workshops. His work has won numerous national and international awards.