"I see my best aerial photographs as a kick start for flights of thought. The aerial picture is a tool of reflection. From high up, one not only sees what is, but just as well what could be - the inventory of our possibilities." (Georg Gerster)
Born in 1928 in Winterthur, Gerster is a pioneer of aerial photography who took his first photo flight in Sudan in 1963. Not only does Gerster possess a high level of technical mastery, he also “ennobled the traditional aerial photograph”. Gerster uses the alienation effect inherent in aerial photographs to inspire respect for the beauty of the planet and an understanding of the old structures and life forms that have evolved over the centuries. He aims to document the impact of human intervention on the ecosystem.
'The Staff of Life' exhibition at the Swiss Foundation of Photography in Winterthur highlights the theme of world food supply, a focal point in Gerster’s work.