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Encyclopedia > Olivia Heussler

Olivia Heussler (* 18 November 1957 in Zurich, Switzerland) is a freelance Swiss video and photojournalist, artist, and co-founder of international image and photo agencies. November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ...

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Life and Works

Since 1980, Olivia Heussler has been documenting oppositional and progressive movements in her works, making visible everyday lives of people who live in zones of conflict, both in Switzerland and abroad. In Switzerland, Heussler has been focussing on politics of immigration and on consequences of asylum law, moreover she is a notable documentalist of the 1980s Zurich Youth Movement (culminating in the „Opernhauskrawalle“). Heussler's international works include reportage series done during travels in Sudan, Kurdistan, Eastern Europe, Israel, Palestine, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Honduras, Chile and Pakistan. The movements is the name given to the collective body of sacred dances that were collected or authored by G. I. Gurdjieff and taught to his students as part of the work of self observation and self study the aim of which was development of a stable subjective and then... Full name Conflict Zone Real modern Warfare. ... Right of asylum (or political asylum) is an ancient judicial notion, under which a person persecuted for political opinions or religious beliefs in his or her country may be protected by another sovereign authority, either the Church as in medieval sanctuaries or a foreign country. ... Documentary photography usually refers to a type of professional photojournalism, but it may also be an amateur or student pursuit. ... A Youth organization is a formal organization aimed at children and adolescents for education and socialization. ... Kurdistan (literally meaning the land of Kurds[1]; old: Koordistan, Curdistan, Kurdia, also in Kurdish: Kurdewarî) is the name of a geographic and cultural region in the Middle East, inhabited predominantly by the Kurds. ... Regions of Europe as delineated by the United Nations (UN definition of Eastern Europe marked salmon):  Northern Europe  Western Europe  Eastern Europe  Southern Europe Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current national boundaries: Russia (dark orange), other countries of the former USSR (medium... The Holy Land or Palestine Showing not only the Old of Judea and Israel but also the 12 Tribes Distinctly, and Confirming Even the Diversity of the Locations of their Ancient Positions and Doing So as the Holy Scriptures Indicate, a geographic map from the studio of Tobiae Conradi Lotter...


In the 1970s, Heussler started her professional life in the field of medical assistant alongside which she taught herself the craft of photojournalism. In 1980-1983 Heussler worked as a freelance photographer for Keystone Press and has been a freelancer ever since. In 1984-1987 Heussler untertook several stays in Nicaragua for APIA Agency and founded the photo agency Nueva Imagen. Ever since Heussler was accepted for an internship at what is today the School of Art and Design Zurich/University of Applied Sciences and Arts Zurich in 1988, she has been receiving a series of scholarships, including a workshop scholarship at Cité des Arts (Paris in 1992. Two more agencies were co-founded by Heussler in the 1990s: Lookat Photos in Zurich, together with M. Bauer, T. Kern, F.v. Muralt, T. Muscionico and R. Wehrli (1990), also Impactdigitals in New York in 1996. Since 1987, Heussler has been teaching at the gaf, the Zurich Group of Autodidactics in Photography. Sports photojournalists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Region ÃŽle-de-France Department Paris (75) Subdivisions 20 arrondissements Mayor Bertrand Delanoë  (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land area¹ 86. ... Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) is self-education or self-directed learning. ...


Heussler and her daughter live in Zurich, Switzerland. Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ...


Political Views & Activism

"One doesn’t have to photograph the battlefield to show what war is. I document what these movements provoke and can depict that. Most clearly, through those concerned, on whose side I am. " (Olivia Heussler) [1]
"As a Photographer it was also my duty to teach my subjects to take pictures themselves. … That is what I understand as development aid: give people a craft and instruction so they can work independently. And, given widespread illiteracy, photography is ideal for promoting autonomy." (Olivia Heussler) [2]

Olivia Heussler’s philosophy is to do photojournalism as human rights work inspired by one’s own impulses, e.g. going where one feels one has to go to do one’s work. With her choice of regions and localities, Heussler does not go by media attention, but travels independently, often joining colleagues of other professions, be they foreigners or local activists. This is the method followed in her most acclaimed photojournalist series from Kurdistan, Palestine and Nicaragua. World illiteracy rates by country Literacy is the ability to read and write. ... Look up autonomy, autonomous in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sports photojournalists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. ... Kurdistan (literally meaning the land of Kurds[1]; old: Koordistan, Curdistan, Kurdia, also in Kurdish: Kurdewarî) is the name of a geographic and cultural region in the Middle East, inhabited predominantly by the Kurds. ... The Holy Land or Palestine Showing not only the Old of Judea and Israel but also the 12 Tribes Distinctly, and Confirming Even the Diversity of the Locations of their Ancient Positions and Doing So as the Holy Scriptures Indicate, a geographic map from the studio of Tobiae Conradi Lotter...


Solo exhibitions in English

1993 Jenseits von Jerusalem/ Out of Jerusalem, Biel (Photoforum PasquArt)
1996 Peoples in Zones of Conflict, Zafta (Israel, Haifa ISR Municipality)


Books published in English

  • Jenseits von Jerusalem, Out of Jerusalem (Exhibition in Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, 7 - 20 June 1993), Texts: Martin Woker, Ruchama Marton, Sumaya Farhat-Naser. Translation into English: Evan Scott Porter. Ed. Esther Woerdehoff. (Text in both English and German) Bern: Benteli, 1993. ISBN 3-7165-0896-9
  • 25 Years Rebuilding Lives: United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, Kälin, Walter. Photos by Olivia Heussler. Geneva: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2006. ISBN 92-1-154167-0 (English), ISBN 92-1-254157-7 (French.), ISBN 92-1-354092-2 (Spanish)

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Examples of Heussler’s photojournalist work by subtitle

In The Face of Human Rights[3] the following photos by Olivia Heussler can be found:


Prohibition of discrimination: Czech Republic, Brno, 1992: "Death for Gipsies!" (p. 109 above right), Guatemala, 1985: During a campaign by a women’s group (Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo), formed to help one another (p. 143 above), Honduras, Tegucigalpa, April 1984: Honduran military generals during a meeting (p. 143 below), Switzerland, Zurich, March 1993: Refugees from Sri Lanka learning German (p. 149), Protection of private life: Italien, Brindisi, 1992: Police raid in the quarter il Paradiso (p. 339 above), The right to work: Pakistan, Quetta, 2001: Three Hazara boys work as carpet weavers 10 hours a day, seven days a week and for $30 a month (p. 511), Nicaragua, Mulukukú, 1994: Women of the MLO (Maria Luisa Ortiz) Women’s cooperative are instructed in their carpentry workshop (p. 516), The Protection of property: Schwitzerland, Zurich, 1988: Allotment garden (p. 531 above), Fair trial and prohibition of torture: Turkey, Ankara, December 1990: Judge Muhittin Mihcak during a trial against three Kurdish lawyers (p. 584 below), Guatemala, Guatemala City, 1985: People standing in a public place in front of a list of missing persons (p. 605 below), Political rights and freedom of expression: Romania, Sibiu, 20 May 1990: The Roma family Mihai going to vote for the first time (p. 646), Romania, Sibiu, 20 May 1990: Romani woman Mrs Mihai is going to vote for the first time in 40 years (p. 653 above).


Weblinks

  • Photo archive Olivia Heussler
  • Heussler’s solo exhibitions sorted thematically
  • Heussler’s scholarships
  • Heussler’s group exhibitions
  • Collective printed works Heussler cooperated on
  • Material on Olivia Heussler

Sources

  1. ^ Jenseits von Jerusalem, Out of Jerusalem. Bern: Benteli, 1993, p. 13
  2. ^ Jenseits von Jerusalem, Out of Jerusalem, p. 14-15
  3. ^ The Face of Human Rights, edited by Walter Kälin, Lars Müller, Judith Wyttenbach. Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2004. 720 pages with about 500 photos, ISBN 3-03778-017-7

 
 

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