Around the turn of the 19th and 20th century, group photos were a popular way for people to make a record of themselves and their world. They reflected the self-confidence of the rising middle class, and the way they saw themselves.
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But despite the popularity of these group photos, for years they were regarded as too trivial and unartistic to be worth bothering with. Now this long gone past is resurrected in a new book, Wir Sind Jemand (We Are People Who Matter), which features a wealth of largely unpublished photos from private collections: well brought up daughters in white pinafores, proud athletes showing off their cups, firemen poised for an emergency rescue – families, associations, school classes, student fraternities, factory staff, miliatary companies: all have been immortalised in group photos, which convey a picture of Swiss society at the turn of the last century.