Christian Lutz


B.1973 Switzerland Based in Geneva

Christian Lutz, born in Switzerland graduated from ESA 75, L’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et de l’Image, in Brussels. He is currently based in Geneva. Christian's photographic approach is centred around a scrupulous sociological observation of human groups. Whilst the formal qualities of his images are aesthetically appealing, they often reflect an acerbic visual commentary on our collective preconceived socio-political constructs. From his earlier documentary approach to photography, his work has since evolved to encompass a more cinematographic perception of his environment.

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From 2003 to 2012 Christian's primary focus was to create a photographic trilogy on political, economic and religious power. In Protokoll (2007) Christian accompanies a member of the Swiss Federal Council on official occasions throughout the world. In Tropical Gift (2010) he captures the closed world of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, and In Jesus’ Name (2012) he follows the members of a Zurich-based evangelical church over the span of a year. The three books were subsequently published by Lars Müller Publishers.

Following his photographic investigation into power, Christian trained his lens on the world of casinos and has published two further books. First in Las Vegas for his Insert Coins (2016) series, and most recently in Macau for his The Pearl River (2019) work.

Christian is a recipient of several other photographic awards and grants. In 2013, Christian was artist-in-residence by the Biennale des Arts Contemporains aux Libellules in Switzerland, publishing the book Libellules, with Héros-Limite (2015). His images are regularly published and are continuously being exhibited throughout the world.

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Selected works

The Pearl River

The Pearl River

Christian Lutz

The Pearl River offers a photographic immersion in Macao, high place of gambling and luxury, a spectacular symbol of a megalomaniac and conquering China. This city with a mythical and sulphurous aura has inspired many writers, directors and artists. A former Portuguese possession (from the 16th century to 1999), located at the southern end of…

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In Jesus’ Name

In Jesus’ Name

From 2003 to 2012 Christian Lutz’s primary focus is to create a trilogy on power. The political component, Protokoll, was released in 2007 and in 2010 the photographer tackles economic…

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Insert Coins

Insert Coins

Las Vegas has imposed her lights and her share of the dream in the very heart of the Mojave desert. Sin City is not only the primary city in the…

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Tropical Gift

Tropical Gift

This photographic essay by Christian Lutz captures the closed world of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Through his sharp approach the photographer conveys the malaise borne by civil societies that…

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Outwest

Outwest

These images tell the story of the Davis family and their cattle ranch in the Alvord desert located in Harney County, in southeastern Oregon, USA. An encounter with Paul: the…

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