contemporary photography
contemporary photography


Luca Zanier was born in Zurich in 1966. After being trained in photography he worked as an assistant to numerous national and international photographers. Zanier then founded his own studio in Zurich and since 1993 he has been working as an independent photographer, focusing predominately on landscapes, stills, people and documentation as well as on free artistic work.
Since 2000, photographs of Zanier have been displayed in various group and solo-exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has been shown in the context of collective exhibitions including «Descubrimientos PHE» in Madrid, the photo-festival «VoiesOff» in Arles and the festival «Mois européen de la photographie» in Luxemburg. Exhibitions exclusively featuring Zanier’s body of work have been hosted by galleries such as «Primo Piano» in Naples, «Le Magasin des Jouets» in Arles and «Anzenberger Gallery» in Vienna. 2014, Zanier participated among others to the exhibitions «Les Boutographies» in Montpellier (France), the «Singapore International Photography Festival» and the «Photovisa Photo Festival» in Krasnodar (Russia). «Speak Truth to Power» an exhibition about human rights with images from Eddie Adams, Paolo Pellegrin und Luca Zanier opened 2015 in the IG Halle Rapperswil (Switzerland).
Zanier’s work has been bestowed with awards in France, Switzerland, Lithuania and Russia. In 2010 he received an «Honorable Mention» in the Review Santa Fe in New Mexico, US. Additionally, he received 2011 the Silver Award of the Prix de la Photographie Paris in the «Fine Art» category. 2012 he has been rewarded by «Open Show Switzerland», 2014 he gets a «Honorable Mention» by Moscow Photo Awards. Most recently, newspapers and magazines such as «Le Monde», «Geo International», «Newsweek» as well as «Wired» and «Polka Magazine» have featured his work. Zanier’s first book, entitled «Power Book» was published by Benteli in June 2012. His second «Book Corridors of Power» appeared 2015 with the generous support of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland.

Single exhibitions

2015 Cons Arc Galleria, Chiasso (Switzerland)
2015 Marte – Mediateca Arte Eventi, Cava de Tirreni (Italy)
2015 Gallerie Oslo 8, Basel (Switzeland)
2015 Focale gallery, Nyon (Switzerland)
2014 Gallery Primo Piano, Naples (Italy)
2014 Dreispitz, Kreuzlingen (Schweiz)
2014 Photobastei, Zurich (Switzerland)
2013 Kurzfilmtage, Winterthur (Switzerland)
2013 Fotografijas muzejs, Riga (Lettland)
2013 Anzenbergergallery, Vienna (Austria)
2012 Prada Wallpapers, Prada Broadway Store Space, New York (USA)
2012 Photogarage, Zurich (Switzerland)
2012 Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2011 Kunstnetzwerk, Krems an der Donau (Austria)
2011 Galerie Photostage, Lyon (France)
2010 Le Magasin de Jouets, Arles (France)
2010 Gallery Fontaine Obscure, Aix-en-Provence (France)
2009 Gallery Primo Piano, Naples (Italy)
2004  Bellevue, Zurich (Switzerland)
2000 Amt für Hochbauten Administration of the City of Zurich (Switzerland)

Group exhibitions
2015 Delhi Photo Festival (Indien)
2015 Guatephoto, International Photography Fesival, Antigua und Guatemala City (Guatemala)
2015 Photovisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar (Russland)
2015 Speak Truth to Power, IG Halle, Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil (Schweiz)
2015 Fotofestival VoiesOff, Arles (Frankreich)
2015 Focus Foto L.A., Photo Basel (Schweiz)
2015 Usimages – parcours photographique, Villers-Saint-Paul (Frankreich)
2014 Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore)
2014 Cross Country Show, Kaunas Photo Festival, Museum 24/7 (Lithuania)
2014 Photovisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar (Russia)
2014 Encuentros Abiertos, Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2014 Les Boutographies, Montpellier (France)
2014 Underground, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich (Switzerland)
2013 Atomic Surplus, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe (USA)
2013 To Have and Have Not – Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen (Netherlands)
2012 Photosoc, Paris (France)
2012 Gallerie Thomas Kellner, Siegen (Germany)
2012 Kunstszene, Zürich (Switzerland)
2012 Migros, Zurich (Switzerland)
2011 Regards Croisés «Suisse-Provence», Aix-en-Provence (France)
2011 Mois européen de la photographie (Luxembourg)
2011 Photo10, Maag Areal, Zurich (Switzerland)
2010 25e Scoop (Festival International du Journalisme), Angers (France)
2010 Photographie de l’année, Alençon (France)
2010 Bieler Fototage / Journées photographiques de Bienne (Switzerland)
2010 EWZ Selection, Zurich (Switzerland)
2010 Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe (USA)
2010 Photo09, Maag Areal, Zurich (Switzerland)
2009 Festival Voies Off, Arles (France)
2009 Bergwelten, Lavin (Switzerland)
2009 Descubrimientos PHE, Museo de Reina Sofia, Madrid (Spain)           
2009 Lethargy 15 ans, Café Für Dich, Zurich (Switzerland)
2008 Photo08, Maag Areal, Zurich (Switzerland)

Grants and awards
2014 Moscow Photo Awards, Honorable Mention, (Russia)
2014 Coup de coeur ARTE actions culturelles, Winner, Montpellier (France)
2013 German Photobookprize, Nomination (Germany)
2012 Open Show Switzerland, Winner, Vevey (Switzerland)
2012 Prix Pictet, Nomination, Geneva (Switzerland)
2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Silver Award, Category «Fine Arts», Paris (France)
2011 Kaunas Photo Star 2011, winner of portfolio reviews, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2010 Portfolio Review Santa Fe, Honorable Mention, Santa Fe (USA)
2010 EWZ Selection, Public Prize, Zurich (Switzerland)
2009 Photography of the year, Winner Category Architecture, Alençon (France)

2015 Municipality of Kreuzlingen (Switzerland)
2014 "Coup de coeur ARTE actions culturelles", ARTE Art Collection (France)
2012 Departement of Culture of the City of Zurich (Switzerland)

2015 «Corridors of Power», Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Switzerland
2012 Power Book» published by Benteli (Switzerland)

Selected Publications
2015 «Du» Die Zeitschrift der Kultur (Switzerland)
2014 «Vision Magazine» (China)
2014 «GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly» (Italiy)
2014 «British Journal of Photography» (England)
2014 «Eyes Magazine» (France)
2014 «Vrij Nederland» (Nederlands)
2014 «Business Insider» (USA)
2014  «View» (Germany)
2014  «Wired Magazine» (England)
2013 «MIND» (China)
2013 «Geo International»
2013 «Manager Magazin» (Germany)
2013 «Io Donna» Corriere della sera (Italy)
2012 «Polka» (France)
2012 «Financial Times», (Germany)
2012 «Geo Germany», (Germany)
2012 «Libération» (France)
2012 «Photographe» (France)
2011 «Le Monde» (France)
2011 «Newsweek» (USA)
2011 «Wired Magazine» (Germany)
2011 «Wired Magazine» (England)
2010 «Corridors of Power», in Swisslife 1 (Switzerland)
2010 «ECAP 40 ans» (book) (Switzerland)
2010 «Tiefenlager», TEC21 (Switzerland)
2010 Spectrum (Switzerland)
2008 «Sur la terre» (Switzerland)
2006 «100 Jahre SP 5», book, Frameset (Switzerland)
2005 Magazine of Edelweiss Air (Switzerland)
2005 «Sonntagszeitung» (Switzerland)
2004 Stadtbilder Zürich 3–6 (Switzerland)
2003 Calendar Sinar, Sinar AG (Switzerland)
2003 Rote Revue (Switzerland)
2002 Stadtbilder Zürich 1/2 (Switzerland)