Zurich (dpa) - The Swiss photographer and cinematographer Rob Gnant died just before his 87th birthday. This was announced by his family on Wednesday. The family and the film archive in Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported that Gnant had already died in a retirement home on 4 August.
"Rob Gnant worked in the tradition of realistic and socially critical photojournalism," the film archive praised his former member. His films had conveyed the intensity with which Gnant met people. He was a cameraman of the film "In the Fall" (A fleur d'eau), who won in 1963 at the Cannes Film Festival in the category of short film.
In his photographs, Gnant has pursued the concern of linking sociality with aesthetics, wrote the city of Zurich in an earlier tribute to his death. His work focused on the different working worlds, the outsiders of society as well as the life in the countryside.
But Gnant also brought celebrities to the fore: jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong in Zurich in 1949, for example, or the opera diva Maria Callas in 1957, as he told the "Tages-Anzeiger" in 2015. However, he declined to make promises and take snapshots: "For me, people always knew when I photographed them. I was not a sniper, "he said. He did not want to be seen as an artist. He is rather an exact observer, he said at the time.
City of Zurich via Gnant
Gnant Interview in the Tages-Anzeiger (2015)
Cannes prices 1963