Photographer Ernst Scheidegger and sculptor Alberto Giacometti met during military service and became lifelong friends. Scheidegger took hundreds of black-and-white photos of Giacometti, covering the period from 1943 until Giacometti’s death in 1966. Recently the photographer discovered 40 previously unpublished colour images in his archive.
The photographs appear in the second edition of the renowned book Alberto Giacometti – Spuren einer Freundschaft (Alberto Giacometti – Traces of a Friendship). The images were taken in the places where the sculptor lived and worked: in Bergell and Paris. They are personal, intimate glimpses of the artist, as well as documenting his sculptures and his studios.
Scheidegger celebrated his 90th birthday on November 30, 2013. In tribute, the Kunsthaus Zurich, which boasts the largest and most important Giacometti collection, put on an exhibition of his Giacometti photos.
Scheidegger had a long career which saw him working as a photojournalist for the famous Magnum agency and, later, as photo editor of the weekend supplement of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (1960-1989), during which he published around 200 of his own photo features.
(Pictures: Ernst Scheidegger: Alberto Giacometti – Traces of a Friendship), Zurich, Scheidegger & Spiess, 2013. © Succession Alberto Giacometti / 2014, Pro Litteris, Zurich)