Guido Baselgia – Light Fall

Guido Baselgia – Light Fall

Photographs 2006–2014

Guido Baselgia's stunning photographs show the miracle of light on earth and visualize celestial mechanics.



Title Information

Edited by Nadine Olonetzky. Essays by Andrea Gnam and Nadine Olonetzky

1st edition

, 2014

Text English and German


144 pages, 79 tritone and 34 b/w illustrations

31 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-420-3


The spectacles of the sky have captivated artists throughout history. Following in the footsteps of people from all known cultures, Swiss photographer Gudio Baselgia has expanded the focus of his work to the sky’s stellar and solar movements as we see them from earth. In this book, Baselgia presents eighty brilliant tritone photographs from his “Light Fall” project, providing an outstanding visualization of celestial mechanics and geometry.

Taken in Norway, the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Argentina, Ecuador, and the Swiss Alps, these images are the fruits of Baselgia’s project on astrodynamics, or the movements of the sun, the stars, and the moon. Baselgia uses his analog camera as a recorder, inscribing the movement of the stars on the surface of photographic paper to trace the trajectory of these celestial bodies invisible to the human eye and reveal astounding occurrences of light and shadow. The photographs also capture the wonder of umbra—the earth’s shadow thrown into space—and record the sunrise and sunset at the polar circle and the equator. Complemented by essays from German Scholar Andrea Gnam and Swiss photography critic Nadine Olonetzky, the stunning photographs in Guido Baselgia – Light Fall offer a window into the light phenomena that continue to leave us as awestruck as they did our ancestors.

Authors & Editors

Guido Baselgia

, born 1953, educated as a photographer at Zurich School of Art and Design. After commissioned work in industrial and reportage photography he has been working freelance in Switzerland and abroad since 1983.

Andrea Gnam

, born 1959, lectures on Modern German Literature at Berlin’s Humboldt University and works also as a photography critic and blogger. She is also a member of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (Germany Academy of Photography).

Nadine Olonetzky

, born 1962 in Zürich, freelance cultural publicist and editor with Scheidegger & Spiess publishers. Contributes regularly to NZZ am Sonntag and to books and catalogues on photography, art, and art history. Member of Kontrast ( in Zürich.