The slides' collection of André Corboz brings together the shots he made over the course of five decades, testifying all the study and pleasure journeys, the urban reportage between the streets of Geneva and the observation of natural landscapes, whose chronological extremes cover the years from 1967 to 2010. Characteristic to these images is their uniqueness, originated by the watchful eye of Corboz, that measure his interest of the moment, able to convey a personal experience that has no equal in paper archives or in the countless archives of the network that contains similar subjects. Following the thrust of his own personal needs for study, or the aesthetic erudite sensibility Corboz produces shots whose singularity crosses the single element represented to reassert itself in the complexity of relations between more images. It is a clear example of the sequences of shots that testify, with a tight rhythm, the physical path of journeys that wind through city streets or natural parks. The collection's complex also offers a diachronic narration of the same places taken up in different years, dwelling on the same details or finding new ones. Custodian and first user of this iconographic apparatus of great value, Corboz had worked with the precision and constancy that distinguish all his research activity to the reorganization and description of the slides, for each of which, on the frame, took care to write down the date on which they were taken and the place resumed, sometimes adding other annotations or giving them titles.
André Corboz (Geneva, 1928-2012) Swiss professor of History of architecture and History of urbanism mirrors the image of the twentieth century intellectual: journalist, poet, photographer, expert in various disciplines. He left to the Biblioteca dell'Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio his library, his personal and professional documents, the graphic and the photographic materials, currently collected under the inscription Fondo André Corboz.