Pierre-Emmanuel Fehr 

is a Swiss photographer living in Geneva and interested in social documentary and narrative photography. He is currently working on a long-term book project on youth in Greece with writer Isabelle Guisan. 

His last project with writer Laure Gabus, "Leros, île au cœur de la crise migratoire" (Georg Editions), was held in an island of 74 km2, a few kilometers from the Turkish coast.  Leros bears the scars of history, as the island is known for being a strategic position in the Second World War, for being the destination of deportation of political dissidents during the Regime of the Colonels and for hosting one of the most inhuman mental hospital in the world, which has been closed in 1995.

Today, in the area of the old mental hospital, Greek authorities built a hotspot supposedly to centralize, control and detain migrants and refugees fleeing war. This place is converting in a detention camp, isolated in the middle of the sea.

The images of Leros are a combination of the refugee camp life, the island and the ruins of the old mental hospital, in order to feel past and present of Leros, which are dramatically overlapping.


Exhibitions


(open date) Uno Art Space, Stuttgart (VFG Selection)

21.02-21.03.2020: Kammgarn West, Schaffhausen (VFG Selection)

24.10-09.11.2019: Oslo 8, Basel (VFG Selection)

10–18.10.2019: Galerie l’Elac, Lausanne (VFG Selection)

28.09.2019: No'Photo, nocturne de la photographie genevoise, Geneva

05.09-06.10.2019: Photobastei, Zurich (VFG Selection)

31.08.2017-03.09.2017: Verzasca FOTO Festival, Sonogno, Valle Verzasca

08.12.2016: Musée de l'Elysée (projection), Lausanne

06-30.10.2016: La Réplique, Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva

06-30.10.2016: 7th European Month of Photography, Berlin

06-30.10.2016: Berlin Foto Biennale, Palazzo Italia, Berlin

09-24.09.2016: Salon Gallery, Zurich

20.07-07.08.2016: Na Kashirke Gallery (projection), Moscow

12-17.05.2016: Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival

19-26.02.2016: Life framer, Officine Fotografiche, Roma

08-11.10.2015: The Old Truman Brewery, AOP Photography Awards, London

06-30.10.2015: la Galerie, Geneva

16-20-09.2015: Le Cercle des Bains (Nuit des Bains), Geneva

17-20.09.2015: Next Door Gallery, Geneva

05.05-06.07.2015: Théâtre des Amis, Geneva


Books

Leros, île au coeur de la crise migratoire, published by Editions Georg, Geneva, 2016

Berlin Foto Biennale, Exhibition catalogue, published by Kehrer Verlag, Berlin, 2016

Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Exhibition catalogue, edited by Gaga Lomidze, Tbilissi, 2016

Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), Annual book No. 10, Paris, 2016

Dark Walk, self-published, Blurb, Genève, 2015,

La Cerisaie (Le Théâtre des Amis), self-published, Blurb, Genève, 2015


Awards

2019: 23 Vfg Nachwuchsförderpreis, Selection

2016: Prix Nicolas Bouvier, section reportage photographique (1st prize)

2016: Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), section professional press (1st prize) & PX3 People's Choice Award, section professional press/general News (1st prize)

2016: Moscow International Foto Awards, section editorial (2nd prize)

2016: Kolga Photo Award, section reportage (festival exhibition)

2016: Athens Photo Festival (shortlisted)

2015: AOP Photography Award, Open Award, section series (runner up)

2015: Tokyo International Photography Competition (shortlisted)

2015: Life Framer, Open Award (runner up)

2015: Monochrome Awards, section people (honorable mention)

2015: ND Awards, section advertising fashion (honorable mention)

2014: Monochrome Awards, section photojournalism (honorable mention)

2014: 7th Pollux Award (runner up)