Heinz Baumann in Manhattan, 1959

Heinz Baumann in Manhattan, 1959

At the age of 24, the later Comet photographer Heinz Baumann traveled to New York for the first time. He wanted to work in the USA and stay as long as he liked. He made the journey across the Atlantic on the RMS Queen Mary. After arriving in New York, he lived at the Chelsea YMCA and worked as a salesman in a photo store. Every day he wandered around the city taking photographs. Life in Manhattan was not easy for the young Swiss, and after only a year he returned home by plane. Shortly after in 1960 he started his career as a Comet photographer.

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“Metzgete”

“Metzgete”

It’s November and it’s happening again in many places in the country, the Metzgete. “Metzgete” literally means “slaughter” in Switzerland and in the extreme southwest of Germany, but it also stands collectively for all the dishes that are typically prepared from blood, offal, bacon and belly or head meat (usually from the pig) immediately after slaughter … (Wikipedia). Comet photographer Jules Vogt, who one can assume was not averse to such feasting, created an impressive reportage of the slaughter of a pig and the subsequent feast in November 1968. Vogt meticulously documented the events with his usual closeness to the people.

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The Comets: Jules Vogt

The Comets: Jules Vogt

Another short portrait from our series on Comet photographers is dedicated to Jules Vogt. He was born on December 9, 1928 in Zurich, where he completed an apprenticeship as a photographer at Foto Saager from 1944 to 1946 and took courses at the School of Applied Arts with Hans Finsler. He then worked for Otto Pfister’s agencies, Illustrations- und Photopress AG (1961-1974) and Comet (1963-1996). After his time at Comet, Vogt was increasingly found in advertising and regularly photographed for Züspa, the Geneva Motor Show and various industrial companies. Vogt was also a renowned aviation photographer. Jules Vogt passed away on July 30, 2006 in Ascona. Read more