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Paul Swiridoff

Paul Swiridoff


Paul Swiridoff was born on 7 May 1914 in Vladikavkaz in the Caucasus in Russia and died on 17 May 2002 in Künzelsau in Germany.

In the years between 1934-1940, Paul Swiridoff lived in Berlin and in 1940 he went to Ludwigsburg, where he stayed for 10 years before moving to Schwäbisch Hall in 1950, where he had his photography studio until 1980. From 1971-1991 Paul Swiridoff was chief editor and publisher of the Würth company newspaper.

At the beginning of his photographic work, Swiridoff addressed landscapes in general as well as urban ones, but his talent really came through with his portraits. “The Face” from 1961 was described as the most beautiful catalogue of photographs from that year.

“Portraits from German Intellectual Life” from 1965 is one of the most important works of its kind and the catalogue “Faces of an Era” is certainly one of the world’s 50 most important records from the history of photography.

In his fiftieth catalogue, “Faces of an Era” from 1997, Paul Swiridoff reviews all the important people photographed during his 50-year career.

His photographs, especially those taken in Ticino, when he lived in Brè sopra Lugano, are preserved at the Landesmuseum in Zurich.