In 1962, Ernst Scheidegger published his first book using his own name as an imprint. This book was the German edition of Jean Genet's essay on Alberto Giacometti. The great artist and close personal friend of Ernst Scheidegger has been subject of a number of books published by Verlag Ernst Scheidegger and Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess since. The most successful of them has been "Traces of a Friendship - Alberto Giacometti", first published in 1990 and reprinted several times. To mark the 50th anniversary of Verlag Ernst Scheidegger / Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess present a new, completely revised and expanded edition of this classic. It includes around 40 previously unpublished colour images which have recently been discovered in Ernst Scheidegger's archive. They add an intimate new chapter to this legendary book. In addition to the more accurate dating of some photographs' the essays and captions have been revised and expanded also. Text in English and German.
Ernst Scheidegger was born in 1923 in Zurich. After attending the photography class at Zurich School of Art and Design, he worked as a freelance photographer for the Magnum agency. He taught at the School of Design in Ulm and established a school of design in Ahmedabad in India. Scheidegger was picture editor at the "Neue Zurcher Zeitung" and has also been active as a painter, documentary film-maker, gallery owner, book designer, and publisher. He is the founder of Scheidegger & Spiess Publishers.