Boarding school for blind and deaf-mute children (1952)
This picture is from Rob Gnant's illustrated book "Die Zeit im Auge" (An Eye on Time), which has recently been published by the Stämpfli Verlag in Bern.
Gnant, who was born in 1932, was a photo journalist for the NZZ newspaper, as well as for Die Woche and DU magazines. Since 1970 he has also been a popular cameraman on the Swiss film scene. The media today tends to show increasingly extreme examples of everyday life. But Gnant prefers to show its extraordinary side and the beautiful in the ordinary. This makes contemporary history visible.
A junior doctor visits farmers in Lötschental (1957)
Hungarian refugee doctors first had to work as either assistants or as locums before they were allowed to take the Swiss state doctors' exam and open their own practices.
Zurich - Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton in concert (1955)
"Really sharply photographed with the Contax camera and the wonderful Zeiss 135 lens with the aperture fully opened," recalls the photographer.
Going South (1957)
"We called in workers and instead got human beings." Swiss writer Max Frisch's famous line had not yet been written in Easter 1957, when, for the first time, Italians working in Switzerland were able to travel from Zurich back to Milan on a special train.
Ancient custom in Jenins, canton Graubünden (1961)
In an old tradition, the village bachelors don masks and costumes to go out and about between Christmas and the first Sunday of the New Year.
Landis & Gyr in Zug (1963)
This picture comes from a report entitled "Zug's future has already begun". The region of Zug was at this time just beginning to capitalise on its tax paradise status.
After a Rolling Stones concert (1967)
The unrest in Zurich's Hallenstadion was a taste of what was to come during the youth protests of 1968.
Typewriter course (1966)
Training on how to use the new typewriters at the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt bank (now the Credit Suisse Group) in Zurich.
A Jenisch mother and child (1977)
A basket weaver and his family parked their caravan in the forest illegally. They were reported and ejected from the area by a huge contingent of police.
Lake Geneva (1959)
The passing of the years as seen by photographer Rob Gnant.
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