Fotograf Magazine

Semiautomatic Photography

Jules Spinatsch is one of the most significant Swiss photographers active on the international scene today.

He began using semiautomatic webcams seventeen years ago, and they have since become his principal artistic tools. Spinatsch uses devices used for monitoring public spaces developed by the artist in collaboration with the computer specialist Reto Diethelm.

Following a series of exhibitions, his voluminous book, Semiautomatic Photography, is a kind of summary of this creative approach. Thanks to the selected form, it operates on the border of the catalogue and the monograph, without quite becoming one or the other. The book presents a new distinctive artistic format, one which forces us to consider the function of visuality in a society of control.

Tomáš Hrůza