The Swiss

The Swiss

Photographs by Christian Nilson

Switzerland seen by a Swede: approaches to a new home



Title Information

With a contribution by Jon Bollmann

1st edition

, 2016

Text English and German


96 pages, 67 color illustrations

19 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-529-3


The Swiss collects the work of Swedish photographer Christian Nilson, who has lived in Switzerland for more than ten years. During that time, he has traveled hundreds of miles throughout the country, camera in hand, capturing countless people and places through his inimitable self-taught technique, which involves using flash to ensure every detail is perfectly visible. Nilson brings his perspective as an immigrant in Switzerland to a wide variety of subjects that show his love of his adopted country in all its conflicted complexity—the traditional and the innovative, the spectacular and the mundane. By turns pensive and humorous, Nilson’s photographic journey through Switzerland will be of interest to anyone who has called a new place home, while also introducing new audiences to one of the most exciting young voices in European photography. With sixty-seven full-color images, the book also includes an essay by Jon Bollmann.

Authors & Editors

Jon Bollmann

, born 1972, graduated in law and communications management and is the publisher of Swiss travel culture magazine Transhelvetica.

Christian Nilson

, born 1977, graduated from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in 2001. He lives and works as a freelance photographer near Zürich. His photographs have been published in German newspapers and magazines Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, and Geo, among other publications.


„It’s an honest book from a foreign eye in a strange land and if you are interested in the insular culture of Switzerland with its impenetrable mountains and further impenetrable bank accounts, this is a great work.“ Brad Feuerhelm, ASX


„A thoroughly enjoyable volume!“ Gerhard Clausing,