Steff Gruber

The 4th Photography Competition Exhibition

February 23 - March 1, 2023

Reception: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 6-8 PM

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Steff Gruber is a photographer, filmmaker, and graphic artist from Switzerland. Gruber’s pictures are documentary in nature. Shot over a period of several years, they capture people and places in different locations around the world, namely Southeast Asia, where he regularly travels. The work featured in this exhibition is drawn from a series of images taken at a Theravada Buddhist monastery in Kampot, Cambodia in 2019. Shot in black and white, they portray the quiet, simple life of monks, emanating an aura of sacred reverence.

About his work, Gruber notes, “Photography and my films have saved my life many times. [...] The camera, used as a tool of personal transformation, certainly replaced the psychiatrist's couch in some cases. I had to and still have to first photograph the environment around me in order to understand it.”

Gruber is a graduate of F+F Schule für Gestaltung, in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied film and photography. He exhibited in solo and group exhibitions all over the world and is the recipient of numerous international photography and photojournalism awards. He is the founder of independent publication TOX and of LUMIERE GALLERY, a virtual platform showcasing digital photo exhibitions. Gruber is a member of IMPRESSUM, the Swiss press and journalist association.

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Steff Gruber

The 4th Photography Competition Exhibition

February 23 - March 1, 2023

Reception: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 6-8 PM

Theravada Buddhist Monastery
Theravada Buddhist Monastery (Kampot, Cambodia 2019)

Digital print on hahnemuehle luster paper matte
15" x 22"

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Steff Gruber is a photographer, filmmaker, and graphic artist from Switzerland. Gruber’s pictures are documentary in nature. Shot over a period of several years, they capture people and places in different locations around the world, namely Southeast Asia, where he regularly travels. The work featured in this exhibition is drawn from a series of images taken at a Theravada Buddhist monastery in Kampot, Cambodia in 2019. Shot in black and white, they portray the quiet, simple life of monks, emanating an aura of sacred reverence.

About his work, Gruber notes, “Photography and my films have saved my life many times. [...] The camera, used as a tool of personal transformation, certainly replaced the psychiatrist's couch in some cases. I had to and still have to first photograph the environment around me in order to understand it.”

Gruber is a graduate of F+F Schule für Gestaltung, in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied film and photography. He exhibited in solo and group exhibitions all over the world and is the recipient of numerous international photography and photojournalism awards. He is the founder of independent publication TOX and of LUMIERE GALLERY, a virtual platform showcasing digital photo exhibitions. Gruber is a member of IMPRESSUM, the Swiss press and journalist association.

Theravada Buddhist Monastery
Theravada Buddhist Monastery (Kampot, Cambodia 2019)
Theravada Buddhist Monastery
Theravada Buddhist Monastery (Kampot, Cambodia 2019)
Theravada Buddhist Monastery
Theravada Buddhist Monastery (Kampot, Cambodia 2019)
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The 4th Photography Competition Exhibition | February 23 - March 1, 2023

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas