Douglas Mandry





Douglas Mandry (*1989, CH) is an artist who lives and works in Zurich. He received a Bachelors in both Visual Communica­tion and Photography from the University of Art and Design ECAL in Lausanne. Since graduating Mandry has been nom­inated for numerous awards, including the Paul Huf Award, the Swiss Federal Design Award and was shortlisted for Prix Voies-Off. His work has been shown in international venues in­cluding Photo London and Unseen (solo exhibition in 2017). Bildhalle exhibited him a solo show in 2016, a next solo show is planed in October 2018.


Mandry’s practice is a direct response to the digitalization of photography and the technological accelerations that came along with it. Always shooting his initial images in analogue, all of Mandry’s interventions in the image are done by hand, through the application of different historic photographic processes or by physically cutting and pasting.


«Seductively beautiful in the use of color, the diversity of form and the choice of materials while, simultaneously, be­ing conceptually sophisticated in terms of subject-matters and photographic processes: the starting points for the artist Douglas Mandry (b. 1989 in Geneva), who has moved to Zu­rich in 2013, are real world phenomena and experimenting with various photographic techniques. Oscillating between historical analogue and contemporary digital imaging meth­ods, the artist creates his very own pictorial worlds. Observa­tions in nature and the examination of current issues merge in his work with his reflections regarding his chosen medium photography - documentation with abstraction, reasoning with sensuality. Conceptual rigor and experimental liberties are well balanced in Douglas Mandry’s work, and the auton­omous nature of photographic processes bears serendipitous results: the unforeseen meets intention and idea. This way, complex issues receive poetic allure. Each work retains a pro­ductive riddle that encourages us to question our perception of the reality of the world and the reality of images.»

Nadine Olonetzky



  • Swiss Re
  • Zürcher Kantonalbank
  • Kunstsammlung Kanton Zürich
  • Kunstsammlung Stadt Winterthur
  • Ecal galerie (Galerie Lausannois d'Art Contemporain)
  • Various private collections