The collection of slides by André Corboz brings together the shots he made over the course of five decades, testifying all his study and leisure journeys, including the urban reportage around 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. They measure his interests of the moment, and are 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 his aesthetically cultivated sensibility, Corboz produces shots whose singularity crosses the single represented element to reassert itself in the complexity of relations between different 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 also offers a diachronic narration of the same locations 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 worked with the precision and constancy that distinguish all his research activity to order and describe every slide. On each frame he took care to write down the place and date on which the photograph was taken, 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 bequeathed his personal and professional documents, his graphic and photographic materials and his library to the Academy of architecture Library in Mendrisio. These materials are currently collected under the common denomination "Fondo André Corboz".