Foundation Ernst Scheidegger Archive

Aim of the Foundation

The foundation Ernst Scheidegger Archive was established in February 2010 and officially certified by the canton of Zurich. Its aim is to administer and preserve Ernst Scheidegger’s archive – namely the collections of photographs and films ­– and all associated copyrights and rights of use.

In the Spring of 2011, the foundation took over Ernst Scheidegger’s archive from the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Since then, the foundation has been committed to maintaining the archive, compiling an inventory of photographic records and digitalizing the material.

Ernst Scheidegger is one of Switzerland’s leading photographers of the 20th century. His archive comprises some 80,000 negatives and 50,000 slides, plus countless films on artists and travelogues. The purpose of the foundation is to preserve his work for posterity and make it accessible to the public.

The foundation actively promotes the legacy of Ernst Scheidegger with exhibitions and the sale of original photos. The foundation provides prints from original negatives on baryta paper in different sizes as well as digitalized images for reproduction in books, magazines and newspapers.

The film archive of Ernst Scheidegger is soon be administered in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne.

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