Photo Essay

Swiss Solitude

No Fake, No Fame: Phil Bucher on The Fly

Something like Egypt’s pyramids, the Swiss Alps seem too picturesque. Legions of smitten photographers have passed through the pastoral valleys and glaciated peaks, taking all the standard shots along their way. But Switzerland stands for more than clichéd tourist vistas and fondue. It’s a land of hardworking shepherds, of deeply rooted and determinedly independent people, of silence and solitude.

Enter 42-year-old Phil Bucher, a photographer from Brig, located in the canton of Valais. He knows his homeland backyard well enough to turn it inside out in search of Switzerland’s soul. Phil offers alternative perspectives. Exploring his photographs is like following a friend as guide instead of hopping on the sightseeing bus and viewing nothing new. Think zine, not postcards. Phil’s lens sees what the locals really see and do…


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Längflu is a rocky outcrop of the Pennine Alps above Saas-Fee, Switzerland. The glacier is still wrapped around the mountain station there but with glacial retreat in the Alps happening rapidly, I wonder for how much longer?

Längflu is a rocky outcrop of the Pennine Alps above Saas-Fee, Switzerland. The glacier is still wrapped around the mountain station there but with glacial retreat in the Alps happening rapidly, I wonder for how much longer?

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