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Steeve Iuncker

Born in 1969 in Switzerland, Steeve Iuncker lives and works in Geneva.
He studied at the Photography School in Vevey and has been a member of Agence VU' since 2000.

“Press photographer (he works part-time for a daily newspaper), Steeve Iunker tirelessly questions the role(s) of photography and of the image in the fields of information and documentary today in a radical and political way…[his work] aims to get close to the taboos relating to the body, to sex, to death and to the standard social conception of big issues that affect human thought. Either he stays with an Aids patient in the terminal phase, he represents the professional life of an old prostitute, he confronts himself with the crisis in Gaza, he stores images of celebrities adorned with diamonds at Cannes Festival, discovers the backstage area of a fashion show, follows the police while investigating on crimes, or reveals the astounding world of plastic surgery, Steeve Iunker doesn’t chase icons. He shows. In a realistic, free and salutary way. Even if it might seem provocative or shocking. He only wants us to agree to see. To be responsible and clear-sighted.”
Christian Caujolle.

He now works on a project dealing with the subject of death. He wishes to expose to Geneva the realities that its police department, University Institute of Legal Medicine and the Murith Funeral Services must face regularly. The second phase of the project consists in photographing the places and traces behind individual deaths in order to reveal an often unknown reality that is tossed into the realm of fiction by Hollywood movies.


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Portfolio

Portraits

Stories

The coldest city in the world (Yakutsk, Siberia) (2013)

Yakutsk, which is located in the north of Oriental Siberia, is known for its winter temperatures that regularly reach -122°F. The city is engulfed in a thick and oppressive blanket of freezing fog that restricts visibility to 10 meters, and out of which, emerges once in a while some dark and heavy figures, hurried by the intensity of the cold. Inhabitants do their shopping in conditions that only Everest’s mountaineers could sustain. Here, everything is ice, everyday, which makes us then think about what such extremes can generate within people.

Pasta (2013)

The book « Pasta » is an invitation to travel in the heart of Italy and its culinary traditions, it is also an homage and a deference to Italian women. A country, women, slices of life, recipes… Steeve Iuncker is sharing his discovery of a country, where the transmission and living together take on their full meaning around the family table.

The Time of My Death (2012)

“This recurring confrontation with death, the loneliness of the dead, the absolute desolation of the corpse - all of these elements would be impossible to overcome without the mechanical and mindless gesture of a photographer. I became determined to make this the subject of a methodical and continuous body of work.” The diptychs that make up this exhibit were taken at separate times. A first shot is taken at the exact time of arrival upon location, using semi-spontaneous framing, like taking a first glance. It is after the body has been removed that the second shot is taken. Virtually, the same point of view, nearly using the same framing. When the diptych is presented, the...

A jeudi 15h (2012)

"Steeve and Xavier, in the silence of what is left of it, became an obvious encounter, a confrontation, a face to face, a project with and against time. It also became - unexpectedly - a new way to define portraiture. (...) A proposition of a portrait, of portrait method, different, simply brutal and obvious." Christian Caujolle "A jeudi 15h" (See you Thursday, 15.00) covers two years of photographic portraits of a young man HIV positive, Xavier, met by Steeve Iuncker in 1996. During two years and until Xavier's death, they met every Thursday, at 15.00 and photographed each other, in square format, b&w and color. Each week, Xavier chose his favorite portraits among the ones shot the...

Kate and William: 2 billion people watching it on tv, and I didn't see anything (2011)

On the 29th of April, 2011, Prince William, second in the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom, and Catherine Middleton got married in Westminster Abbey. Worldwide event, this Royal Wedding gathered 2 billion people in front of their television and more than one million in the streets of London. Lost in the middle of a crowd composed of Londoners, onlookers and fans of the British monarchy, Steeve Iuncker is just a man. On the other side of the BBC cameras’ world, he shot just what thousands of people, gathered behind the security fences, saw…: nothing.

International Motor Show in Geneva (80th) (2010)

For the 80th International Motor Show of Geneva, Steeve Iuncker continues his work started during the previous editions. He focuses on the side aspects of the event, favouring views that don’t allow us to recognize any car. Contorted bodies take unreal positions, as if they were worshiping a kind of idol.

weapon destruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2009)

Today, Sarajevo, in the heart of Europe, remains a veritable arms magazine. With more than 67 000 metric tons of weaponry to demilitarize, the Capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a considerable geopolitical liability for its neighboring countries. The siege of Sarajevo remains the longest in the history of modern warfare. From April 5th 1992 to February 29th 1996, Serbian paramilitary troops besieged the capital of this self-proclaimed Republic. The costs in both lives and material were substantial: 11 000 dead, 50 000 injured and 329 shell impacts a day. Following the Cold War, through the significant and methodical use of explosive ordnance and other conventional weapons, there...

Retrospective exhibition in Sète (2009)

Steeve Iuncker works with the same abrasive energy on the Cannes Film Festival or on the Gaza strip. He is not afraid as well to face death and its representation.

Singapore (2008)

Singapore is the City-State of all superlatives. Just behind Monaco, it’s the most densely populated city in the world. The geographical location of the Singapore State, which is detached from Malaysia since 1965, makes its port the Asia commerce hub. The population takes advantage of this situation and have now a very hight living standard. Under an authoritarian control, Singapore lauds the economical liberalism. Iuncker follows the consumption visible tracks, billboards, and the Singaporean women on a shopping spree. It’s a way to make the saying lie : «All the funny things are forbidden in Singapore»...leastways, when you have the means.

Search, Switzerland (2008)

Car Fair in Geneva 2008 The motor-show in Geneva is a true lab for Steeve Iuncker. He gets rid of pressure to photograph the bodies that tie themselves in knots over the cars. We guess they are journalists for a car magazine, future buyers or random visitors. But they are all bend over the longing object.

Esthetique is beautiful (2007)

Seductive beauty as a weapon : power to sell oneself better, shameful goal to be bought at a better price. Win the competition. The human being, this social animal, eager to accept this estheticonomical definition of his body : he must shine radiantly to avoid exclusion. Fashion and surgery become a solution.

VIP backstage of Cannes film festival (2007)

There are a lot of stars in Cannes. We do not not necessarly know their names but they are pretty and well-dressed. And for Steeve Iuncker, they never strike a pose. The photographer prefers to follow them, catch the less prepared moment, the less conceited. More than the people he photographs, what Steve Iuncker is interested in is what's hidden.

Switzerland,77th International motor-show (2007)

Steeve Iuncker has a very particular way to shoot a story on a motor-show. He never takes pictures of the cars, nor the young women that accompany them in a very conventional way. Unframed, blur. What he's interested in are the things on the side: those people strolling along the alleyways, chatting and who are photgraphing the things he refuses to photograph.

Betty, erotic masseuse (2007)

Steeve Iuncker wanted to know the job of a prostitute beyond the cliches. That's how he met Betty, erotic masseuse. After numerous talks, Betty bashfully agrees to be photographed during her work time. This story has been done without any staging, clients have not been through a casting process and it's for free that Betty and her clients took part in this work.

One day in Europe (2007)

Steeve Iuncker travelled to 5 European cities. His trip begins in Frankfurt, takes him to Milan and Paris and ends in London : a real journey to build an imaginary day in Europe.

Gaza Boom's (Summer Rain) (2006)

in 2006, Steeve Iuncker went to Gaza to meet Palestinan people. He found a devastated country by war and poverty. Gaza has a lot of demolished houses and families mourning for a relative. but Steve Iuncker also showed families that keep on living, despite averything, despite the two camps struggling.

Gaza pullback (2005)

8000 settlers on a territory populated with more than a million Palestinian; 40 000 soldiers to control their departure, 8000 journalists and photographers to cover the "event" : the utterd figures, that's the first thing that stroke me when in Gaza. Everything seems unreal, out-of-proportion : a tremendous communication operation, a huge mediatic and politc circus set up as a big Hollywood production. I wanted to show the dramatic aspects of this event where, for example, young soldiers-almost shy- were walking in the middle of screams and unceasing tears of the colons who were brandishing their kids shouting " See what you've done to our people again!" I wish to photograph feelings...

Switzerland, Erotic fair (2005)

The bodies of the strippers, more or less bare, are mixing under the eye of the "phones/cameras" of the visitors. The erotic fair is a excuse for suggestive swaying hips. Steeve Iuncker, at the back, is only slightly interested. His main subject is the market. More than the body, it is the stacking of the body. More than the sex, it is the merchandised sex.

Alter-globalization demonstration during the G8, Switzerland (2003)

Switzerland, Geneva It's in his own country that Steeve Iuncker has watched these scenes of street fightings. Neutral country, Switzerland was welcoming in 2003 the G8 summit. The chiefs of the most powerful countries of the world economy are gathering on their side, when the alter-globalization activists were gathering their forces. Surprising scenes those fights between the police and the activists in the middle of a town like Geneva.

Palestine, Israel (2002)

Steeve Iuncker went to the Near East during summer 2002. He photographed there the extremely difficult cohabitation between Palestinian and Israeli people. We see definitely Tsahal soldiers which are on patrol, Intifada’s children, which throw some stones to imitate their elder. But the real violence that Iuncker shows us is daily life violence, an ordinary violence. The one, which is read on faces’ features, the one which makes look normal doing the shopping with weapon slung across the shoulder.

Interpresse Agency's collection (1950)

In 1991, Swiss photographer Steeve Iuncker, took over Interpresse Agency's collection. Founded in the Fifties in Geneva by Jacques Kernen, the agency was managed from 1961 by the photographer Eric Aldag. Between 1950 and 1975, Interpresse's photographers immortalized the most important icons of the time. Amongst whom : musicians and singers (Louis Armstrong, Joan Baez, Jacques Brel or Juliette Gréco), artists (Marc Chagall) and actors (Romy Schneider, Brigitte Bardot, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery on James Bond Goldfinger's shooting in 1963). A testimony of an area, these photographs, marked with glamour and fascination, bring us back in the...

Books

A jeudi 15h

Nicolas Bouvier award

"A jeudi 15h" covers two years of photographic portraits of a young man HIV positive, Xavier, met by Steeve Iuncker in 1996.
During two years and until Xavier's death, they met every Thursday, at 15.00 and photographed each other, in square format, b&w and color. Each week, Xavier chose his favorite portraits among the ones shot the week before and explained his choice in a few words featured in the book. Xavier died on a Thursday.
Text by: Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2012)
204 pages
Size: 30 x 37 cm  

Levées de corps

Ce livre unique en son genre présente la réalité de la mort à Genève telle que la vivent la Brigade du commissariat de la Police de Genève, l’Institut Universitaire de médecine légale et les Pompes Funèbres Murith. Pendant une année, le photographe Steeve Iuncker et le journaliste Thierry Mertenat ont suivi le travail de ces acteurs chargés de gérer en première ligne les morts violentes, oubliées ou accidentelles survenues hors du contexte traditionnel de l’hôpital ou de la famille. Il en ressort un livre unique, impressionnant, révélateur d’une réalité à laquelle le public peut enfin avoir accès.

N.B: En France, en Belgique et au Canada, la parution de Levées de corps aura lieu en septembre 2008



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Text by: Thierry Mertenat et préface de Monica Bonfanti

Publisher: Labor et Fides (2008)
160 pages
ISBN :2830912519   

Awards


    2013 - Photography Prize of the MusĂ©um National d’Histoire Naturelle

    2012 - Prix Nicolas Bouvier

    2006 - Prix Swiss Press Photo, catĂ©gorie : Ă©trangère, Festival de Cannes, 2ème prix

    2006 - Prix Swiss Press Photo, catĂ©gorie : Ă©trangère, Gaza Boom’s, Pluie d’étĂ©, 3ème prix

    2006 - Prix «The Selection» dĂ©cernĂ© par le DAS Magazine pour le travail Gaza, ZĂĽrich.

    2006 - Finaliste du prix dĂ©cernĂ© par la Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris

    2004 - Prix de l’Artisanat dĂ©cernĂ© par l’Association des Communes Genevoises au BLVDR, collectif d’artistes.

    2000 - Prix «The Selection» dĂ©cernĂ© par le DAS Magazine pour le travail "Xavier", ZĂĽrich.

    1999 - Bourse Patino dĂ©cernĂ© par les Affaires culturelles de la Ville de Genève.

    1998 - Prix Swiss Press Photo, catĂ©gorie : sport, Body Building, 1er prix.

    1997 - Berthoud Grant

    1997 - Prix Berner Zeitung pour le meilleur travail photographique de presse annuel.

    1997 - Bourse pour la crĂ©ation audiovisuelle dĂ©cernĂ©e par la Ville de Genève pour le film Xavier.

    1996 - Prix Louisa Harvey-Tourte Wessel, Genève

Exhibitions



Bodies Raisings (Clermont-Ferrand)
From 2014-10-04 to 2014-10-26

The work of death precedes the work of bereavement and gives in return some work to the living ones. This is exactly what appears here through the texts an the pictures. There is no intention of being overhanging or morbid with these raisings of bodies. The look is frontal and obstinated : it shows death with the colors of death, it respects its way to fill the space, without touching anything from its setting, without changing the light it chose for itself. Each body raising is a mass of mortal human condition. It disrupts our certainties and bring us back violently to life.

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The Time of my Death / À jeudi, 15h (Biel Bienne)
From 2014-05-04 to 2014-06-22

With Virginie Rebetez et Reiner Riedler, Steeve Iuncker enquires on mortality. \"The Time of My Death\" “This recurring confrontation with death, the loneliness of the dead, the absolute desolation of the corpse - all of these elements would be impossible to overcome without the mechanical and mindless gesture of a photographer. I became determined to make this the subject of a methodical and continuous body of work.” The diptychs that make up this exhibit were taken at separate times. A first shot is taken at the exact time of arrival upon location, using semi-spontaneous...

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The Time of My Death (ZĂĽrich)
From 2014-02-14 to 2014-03-09

After the exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) in Geneva in 2012, \"The Time of My Death\" is presented at the Photobastei of Zurich. “ This recurring confrontation with death, the loneliness of the dead, the absolute desolation of the corpse ¬— all of these elements would be impossible to overcome without the mechanical and mindless gesture of a photographer. I became determined to make this the subject of a methodical and continuous body of work. ” The diptychs that make up this exhibit were taken at separate times. A first shot is taken at the exact...

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Passage (Meyrin)
From 2013-04-13 to 2013-06-13


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L'instant de ma mort (Geneva)
From 2012-10-17 to 2013-01-20

Dans le cadre du cycle "L'éternel détour", le Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Genève expose le travail de Steeve Iuncker "L'instant de ma mort". \r\r Les diptyques qui composent cette exposition sont réalisés en deux temps. Une première prise de vue est opérée au moment même de l'arrivée sur les lieux, selon un cadrage semi-spontané, très proche du premier "coup d'oeil".C'est après le retrait du corp qu'est prise la deuxième photo. A peu près du même point de vue, selon un cadrage assez voisin.\rDans la présentation en diptyque, l'image seconde semble photographier...

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Xavier (Genève)
From 2012-04-04 to 2012-08-26

During two years, every thursday at 3PM, I would meet Xavier, HIV sufferer. The goal of this project: to capture the gaze of a man who is about to die.\rThis work ended with Xavier's death in 1998. It is today published in a book.

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Esthetic is beautiful (Clermont-Ferrand)
From 2010-10-02 to 2010-10-23

"Esthetic is beautiful" is exhibited within Nicéphore + 170 10th international photographic festival. Seductive beauty as a weapon : power to sell oneself better, shameful goal to be bought at a better price. Win the competition. The human being, this social animal, eager to accept this estheticonomical definition of his body : he must shine radiantly to avoid exclusion. Fashion and surgery become a solution.

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Steeve and Xavier: the intimacy of a relation between an ailing person and the artist (Phnom Penh)
From 2009-11-28 to 2009-12-21

Photophnompenh Festival Press photographer (he works part-time for a daily newspaper), Steeve Iunker tirelessly questions the role(s) of photography and of the image in the fields of information and documentary today in a radical and political way. What’s the point of being aware of everything happening in the world – at least potentially – when we like to think we are in the immediacy of transmission? What’s the point of promoting the fixed image? How can we find our place in our history, in our stories? Which mechanisms can we set, from the shooting to the shapes and the use, to...

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Project-room (Sète)
From 2009-04-07 to 2009-06-14


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Gaza Boom's (Shenyang)
From 2008-06-22 to 2008-07-22


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Corporate



 Biography

 Biographie de Steeve Iuncker

Prix et bourses

2006 The Selection, awarded by DAS Magazine for the work Gaza, Pullback
2004 Prix de l’Artisanat awarded by the Association des Communes Genevoises
2000 The Selection, awarded by DAS Magazine for the work Xavier, ZĂĽrich
1999 Patino Grant, awarded by Affaires culturelles of Geneva
1997 Berner Zeitung Award
1997 Berthoud Grant Award
1997 Grant awarded by the City of Geneva for the film Xavier
1996 47th Louisa Harvey-Tourte Wessel Award, Geneva


Expositions

2005 Visa pour l'image, Projection du travail Picture - Pope, Perpignan
2005 Festival de Cannes, Un certain regard
2005 Festival Ouest-Est - Projection des travaux Esthetic is beautiful, Xavier et Alianov, Berne
2004 Musée de l’Elysée, Je t’envisage, Projection du travail Xavier, Lausanne
2004 So wie die dinge liegen, Exposition du travail Cannes, Dortumund
2004 Attitudes espace contemporain, Exposition du travail Palestine-Israël, Genève
2004 FotoGaleria, HIP, Exposition du travail Xavier, Buenos Aires


Parutions

Gaza, D Repubblica
Défilées de Mode, Das Magazin


Bibliographie

2008 Levée de Corps, Ed. Labor et Fides
2006 80+80 photo_graphisme, Vu' 20 ans, Galerie Anatome
2006 Agence Vu' galerie, Photo Poche, Actes Sud
2006 Faire Faces, Le nouveau portrait photographique Actes Sud
2005 10 ans d'attitudes, espace d'arts contemporains, Edition Fink
2004 La légende de Cannes, Editions Assouline


Corporate

Chopard
Lagostina
LVMH
Salon de l’Automobile


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