Mischa Christen, born and lives in Lucerne, Central Switzerland.
Freelance photographer since 2005, represented as a partner photographer of the Swiss picture agency Keystone.
Mischa Christen gave up his career as a typographer in 1998 and went on a 6-year odyssey to finally find his passion. 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 for a long time and collected used clothing for a company as the only Swiss working among migrants. Gathering all this experience most probably helped in shaping his need and interest in social themes. Besides almost becoming a police cadet and construction painter he early on canceled the training in health massage and as a fashion designer. In 2003 he found his way to photography by coincidence.
Advanced training at ICP (International Center of Photography), New York; Noorderlicht, Groningen NL and Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
Workshops with Antoine D’Agata, Michael Ackerman, Anders Petersen and Paolo Pellegrin.
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Ulla, born Gianfranco Spica, was born in Santa Teresa di Riva in the province of Messina, Italy, on 3 March 1956.
In the 1970ies, he moved to Genoa, where he resides and works in the historic Old Town, the "Centro Storico", formerly known as the ghetto and lives his gender identity as a transsexual in the everyday life, where sex, gender, traditions and religion all come into play.
Genova, 2009 – 2010