Bosshart was born in 1947 in Herisau/AR Switzerland and lives in
Maranhão, Brazil. After completing his studies in Photography at the
Photoklasse of the Kunstgewerbeschule Zurich (1963/67) he was assisting
American Fashion-Star-Photographer Bill King in London, New York City
and Paris (1967/68) and afterwards was himself a free-lance
fashion-photographer in Chelsea/London for e.g. Harper’s Bazaar,
Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Times etc. till 1975. From 1973/2007 he travelled through almost all continents as a reportage-photographer, with a focal
point on Brazil.
most important black & white projects are in the field
of Documentary-Reportage about day-to-day Life-Events of the people of
Alcântara/MA Brazil (1981/88), South West China, Macão, Shanghai and Beijing (1989), Rio de Janeiro (1991/93), The Canton Thurgau/Switzerland
(1997/98) and from 1999 to 2007 about the northeastern state of Maranhão in Brazil, including a reportage about the Canela-Apanyekra.
work has been shown since 1985 in over 20 personal exhibitions in
renowned museums worldwide e.g. in Switzerland, Germany, Portugal,
China and Brazil.
and exhibition-catalogue-publications include e.g.: “Blimey! Another
Book About London”(1972); “Alcântara, eine brasilianische Stadt,
zwischen kolonialer Erinnerung und Raketenträumen” (1989); “Points
of Time” (1989); “La
Cina in due Tempi” (1993);
“Nord-Nordost” (1998); "Barnabàs Bosshart Brasilienbilder - Drei Welten 1980 - 2005 (2007).
black and white fine prints are included in various collections as the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; The Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur, Switzerland;