Mischa Christen (*1972, Lucerne) is a Swiss based visual storyteller. His clients mainly include magazines and newspapers, social institutions and NGO’s.
He gave up his career as a typographer and went on a 6-year odyssey in the search of his new direction. For two years he mostly worked during the night, among other things as a lacquerer for airplanes and in a post office carrying around bulky cargo. Later he gathered experience as a ventilation fitter and as industrial painter. Following this he worked as a male nurse in the hospital as well as a social worker working with drug addicts. Also he hung up posters all around Switzerland for a long time and collected used clothing and shoes for an NGO as the only Swiss working among asylum seekers.
Gathering all this experience most probably helped in shaping his dedication and interest in social themes.
Besides almost becoming a police cadet and construction painter he cancelled an education in health massage (2001) and fashion design (2002 – 2003) to finally find his passion for photography by coincidence in 2003.
Workshops with Antoine D’Agata, Michael Ackerman, Anders Petersen, Paolo Pellegrin and Andri Pol.
Reportage about the Swiss winter ski resort and heaven.
commissioned by M le magazine, LE MONDE, 2017
Burnout is a collective term and represents an emotional, mental, and physical state of exhaustion characterized by drive and performance weakness, typically at the end of a "devil circle" from overwork and stress. Above all, countries like Switzerland with high average income are affected.
Bern, Lucerne and Zurich, 2016
commissioned by SFZ Filialleiter
Two major events in the summer of 2013 with completely opposite orientation: Mid-July at the Gurten-Festival in Berne and at the end of August at the Federal Wrestling Festival in Burgdorf BE. The work during four nights should show a survey with many parallels.
Whether the Gurten Festival or the Federal Wrestling Festival, an alternative program for the party guests takes place in both places and has long been a must for organizers of events of this size. What attracts most of the visitors at both events is not enough to meet all needs.
commissioned by SuchtMagazin / Infodrog