Absinthe was banned in Switzerland until 2005.
Distilling absinthe in Val-de-Travers, canton Neuchâtel, was forbidden between 1910 and 2005. This was considered a great injustice, since the “green fairy” was seen as a popular panacea - and artists and poets appreciated its “inspirational” qualities. However, it was also looked down on as the “poisonous fairy”. Today, René Wanner produces – legally – seven types of absinthe. Photographer Peter Mosimann paid him a visit in 2007.