The photographs from Fred Merz of the candidates in the Beaulieu Theater (taken during the Prix de Lausanne 2019) will be unveiled at the occasion of the Prix de Lausanne 2020!
47e Prix de Lausanne – 04-09.02.2019. Bel Pickering – United Kingdom. Lausanne, Février 2019 © Fred Merz | Lundi13
You will have the opportunity to see them:
- On the Grand-Pont of Lausanne, from January 27th, 2020 to February 10th, 2020
- At the entrance of the Auditorium Stravinski, in Montreux, during the week of the Prix de Lausanne 2020
In 2019, the Prix de Lausanne gave the Swiss photographer Fred Merz a “carte blanche” to document the event in his own way. Merz really wanted to focus on the emblematic and historical Beaulieu Theater as it was the last Prix de Lausanne’s edition that could be held there before its important renovations.
Fascinated by the theater’s unique 1920-ish vibe, almost reminding that of a movie set, the photographer tried to focus on the very peculiar backstage atmosphere, neo-classical architecture and the many details that make Beaulieu such a rich and authentic place.
The photo series can be seen as a guided tour, putting into light some dark, secret corners and thus offering a different perspective of the theatre. With the help of fabric and colours, while underlining the delicacy of bodies in movement matching massive structures, the play of light allowed to give an almost cinematic dimension to the photos.
Born in 1978 in Geneva, Fred Merz graduated from the Vevey School of Photography in 2001. He often collaborates with Swiss and International magazines for his portraits work. Fred Merz claims an esthetic vision of the world he photographs. In recent years, he has been called upon to transcribe and develop his artistic approach, while jointly developing new communication concepts for various institutions and more particularly for the Swiss watch manufacturers.
Discover his Instagram account and Lundi13 agency website.