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‘In the Road of Dreams’ – Introducing Didier Ruef

February 2, 2015

‘Photography is my passion and my love. I need it as much as breathing’

– Didier Ruef

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Didier Ruef I based in Lugano. He is currently represented by the photo agencies Cosmos and Luz Photo. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, the Global Fund, the World Council of Churches, Heks (Interchurch Aid), the Swiss Red Cross and the Syngenta Foundation. Ruef’s photographs have been published in major international magazines and newspapers, such as Time, The Observer Magazine, The Independent Magazine, Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Le Monde, Libération, L’Express, Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Illustré, L’Hebdo, El Pais Semanal, Geo (South Korea), Rhythms Monthly (Taiwan), Discovery (Honk Kong), Ogonyok, Marie Claire (Italy), D La Republica, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Das Magazin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Didier Ruef has published five books. His books are available at: Photography Books by Didier Ruef

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GMB Akash: Please share the greatest challenge/s you faced in your early career as a photographer? Is there any struggle that you overcome and has helped to transform you eternally?

 Didier Ruef: The greatest challenge was the decision I took years ago to become a photographer. I had finished my studies in economics in 1984 and I felt deep in my heart that I should try to do it. I went on a four months trip to India where I traveled as a backpacker and shot color pictures on Kodachrome films. When I returned home, a friend of mine told me about the one year photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. I applied with my Indian pictures and got accepted. I worked four months as a limousine driver in Geneva and was able to save enough money to survive a year on a very low budget in New York. ICP fees were at the time affordable and I was also lucky to receive a small scholarship from the state of Geneva.

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 My life as a photographer started in New York. I was working days and nights and shooting images. My first personal project was on the life of a puerto rican family: Harlem-Family-life I am still in contact with the family and I plan to shoot in 2014 a new set of pictures. “The family, 25 years after”.

 The second greatest challenge was to succeed in selling my pictures to newspapers and magazines. It was and still is today a constant battle. 

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GMB Akash: Or is there any struggle that you overcome and has helped to transform you eternally?

Didier Ruef: Unfortunately, there is no struggle that I have overcome. Photography is my passion and my love. I need it as much as breathing. I am permanently trying to build up projects and ideas. I push myself to the limits because I know that it’s the only way that I found to succeed in building up a body of work. I need to go out, meet people, share with them time and experiences, be part of the story and take pictures. I have worked on social, environmental and sustainable issues because I am deeply passionate by the human species. I will keep on doing as long as I can.

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