Christian Bobst (b. 1971, Switzerland) originally studied graphic design. For almost 15 years he worked as a internationally awarded Art- and Creative Director for major advertising agencies in Switzerland and Germany before he decided to work freelance and move on into documentary photography in 2010. Since then he covered stories in over 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, North- and South America. His pictures were published in Magazines and Newspapers such as NZZ, die Zeit, Huffington Post and Geo. Since 2014 he is a member of 13 Photo in Zürich.
Personal Best – “The Twice Refugees of Shatila”
Commissioned work for HEKS, a Swiss relief organization
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- PA International Photo Awards 2018, 2nd prize, Category Editorial/Political
- PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2018 Silver Category Press/Political
- Tokyo Foto Awards Gold 2018 Editorial / Political
About my Personal Best
In some cases, I get assignments which allow me to combine my experience in photojournalism and advertising. In 2017 I was commissioned by the Swiss NGO HEKS to photograph a photo report and to produce a 40-second TV commercial with the material.
I was sent to Shatila in Lebanon, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Beirut, which is commemorating its 70th anniversary in 2019 and ranks as one of the oldest refugee camps in the world. The camp was established for a number of about 3’000 people after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War to accommodate the Palestinian refugees. Since the the Syrian civil war started, more than 110,000 Syrian-born Palestinians have fled Syria, becoming so called “twice refugees”. The numbers of refugees in Shatila went up from 10,000 in 2014 to an estimate of 24,000 people, who are now squeezed together on approximately one square kilometer. The camp allegedly has one of the highest urban population densities in the world and it bursts at the seams, a dark, cramped concrete labyrinth with high criminality rates.
In order to produce these pictures, I exclusively used the FUJIFILM X Series cameras and lenses. I rely on FUJIFILM X system whenever I am on professional assignments where I need to carry a lot of equipment, but don’t want to be hindered by a large and heavy photo bag.