Lecture – Festival letterario “Leggere le Montagne” / Milan

I am invited to give a lecture about my work on Swiss Alpine Farmers on Wednesday the 12th of December 2018 at the Teatro Verdi di Milano during the Festival letterario “Leggere le Montagne”.

Festival letterario “Leggere le Montagne”in Teatro Verdi di Milano (PDF)

Switzerland. Lauterbrunnen valley. Oberhorn alp. Alpine Farmers. © Didier Ruef

With their flowery beards, traditional costumes and archaic tools, they are the guardians of the mountain, confronted daily to its threats and dangers – erosion, landslides and avalanches. Stuck between tradition and modernity, high subventions and imposed prices – hardly covering their living costs, prices which are ostensibly too high against international compétition – will these slave laborers of the land be able to maintain their ancestral tasks, or are they merely destined to protect the mountains and abandon their productivity – become gardeners in their own right ? Are we witnessing the last generation of mountain farmers before the final exodus towards urbanism or towards other lands in other countries presenting more opportunities.

You can buy the book on www.didierruef.com.

Swissinfo – La retraite tessinoise de la nièce de Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz

On the web site of Swissinfo from December 27, 2017, a photo reportage about the niece of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz with a text by Gemma d’Urso.

Elsa Hofer Ferrari Ramuz, Sala, Canton Ticino, Switzerland – 2017

“La dame aux chats” in Swissinfo

More pictures on www.didierruef.com

Sonntagnachmittag in der Schweiz – Vuadens

On the NZZ am Sonntag from February 12th 2017, a picture from Sunday afternoon’s daily life in Vuadens (Canton Fribourg)

NZZ am Sonntag. Vuadens, Canton Fribourg. Page 24. February 12, 2017.

NZZ am Sonntag (PDF)

Sonntagnachmittag in der Schweiz – Interlaken

On the NZZ am Sonntag from August 7h 2016, a picture from Sunday afternoon’s daily life in Interlaken (Canton of Bern).

NZZ am Sonntag. August 7th 2016. Page 24

NZZ am Sonntag. August 7th 2016. Page 24

NZZ am Sonntag (PDF)

COP21 – Climate change in Nauru

A radio comment about the image “Climate change in Nauru”.

Republic of Nauru, Central Pacific - 1999

Republic of Nauru, Central Pacific – 1999

[Moby Dick, RSI Rete 2 – December 5th, 2015]

Mashmallow and gorilla

A radio comment about the image “Mashmallow and gorilla”.

A giant gorilla, made in chocolate, stands in the shop window of a chocolate-maker and seller, Paris - 2011

A giant gorilla, made in chocolate, stands in the shop window of a chocolate-maker and seller, Paris – 2011

[Moby Dick, RSI Rete 2 – November 15th, 2014]

Oil pollution in Azerbaijan

A radio comment about the image “Oil pollution in Azerbaijan”.

A man, working and wearing a BP pullover, poses with a dead buffalo's head. Baku Region, Azerbaijan - 2007

A man, working and wearing a BP pullover, poses with a dead buffalo’s head. Baku Region, Azerbaijan – 2007

[Moby Dick, RSI Rete 2 – May 31st, 2014]

Global warming

A radio comment about the image “Global warming”.

Penguins in the Colosseum, Rome, Italy - 1991

Penguins in the Colosseum, Rome, Italy – 1991

[Moby Dick, RSI Rete 2 – April 12th, 2014]