Laureate of the 3rd edition of the Neuchâtel Photographic Survey, Olga Cafiero takes us on a journey in the footsteps of the philosopher and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau, to discover the flora of the canton of Neuchâtel. The photographer has surveyed the canton to highlight various plant categories: invasive, protected, common and absent plants, those that Rousseau botanist gathered and studied during his stay in Môtiers (1762-1765).

An index of 130 flowers encountered during her walks sheds light on this work, anchoring it in a scientific collection approach which is close to the herbarium, without however pretending to be one. By proceeding in distinct series, interacting with them and developing a visual language specific to each of them, the photographer delivers a highly original interpretation of Neuchâtel’s floral heritage, of great artistic and aesthetic quality.

Olga Cafiero, born in 1982 in Como, is an Italian-Swiss photographer. Since 2088, her work has been regularly exhibited in Switzerland and abroad.

Book selected by the Deutschen Fotobuchpreis 20/21 in the bronze category.

Photographs by Olga Cafiero.
Texts by Thierry Béguin, Pierre-Emmanuel Du Pasquier, Timothée Léchot and Danaé Panchaud.
1st edition, 2020
Texts in German and French
Hardcover, 164 pages, 181 colour illustrations
23.5 x 32 cm
ISBN 978-3-85881-683-2