TOKYO-2020 Book / People

It Was All We Knew - Portrait of A Generation

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book/People
  • Photographer
    Photographs and Text By Cornelia Vinzens
  • Agency / Studio
    Somedia Book Editions
  • Technical Info
    Oral History, Published In 2016, 2. Edition In 2019, Total Of 2500 Copies Sold
  • Photo Date

Elderly citizens of the remote valley Surselva in Switzerland tell about their lives. Outright, touching and with particular attention to the details. Together their stories generate the image of a generation: A generation which grew up between the World Wars in a time of crisis and unemployment, which underwent the tough religious life before the Second Vatican Council. They are contemporary witnesses of the enormous technical progress and social change which occurred in the 20th century. They knew their home country Switzerland before it became one of the wealthiest countries.

I'm a Swiss born photographer and videographer living in Barcelona. I love to photograph people, as well as taking my camera on a hike or travel, always trying to find new artistic approaches and ways to transmit emotions through my photographs. I'm passionate about what I do, I'm an obsessive learner who spends most of the time watching, reading and creating, always on the lookout for inspiration, always thinking of the next project. Accept critique, grow from it, and never stop until you're satisfied. "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." (Pablo Picasso)