To make a living, Roberto Donetta worked as a travelling photographer and seed salesman. His images prisoner scenes in a Blenio hollow when people lived palm to mouth.

Upon his genocide in 1932, Donetta left behind roughly 5,000 potion plates of daily life in a removed alpine hollow in a southern canton of Ticino.

Donetta saw himself as a educated artist who experimented openly and became a master of a middle of photography.

In his early adult life, a photographer ran a tiny grocery shop, before streamer to London – like many of his compatriots from a hollow – to work as a waiter. However he returned usually 15 months later, ill and exhausted.

He afterwards became a travelling salesman in a valley, hawking unfeeling and flower seeds. A small bit later, around 1900, he was introduced to photography by a internal sculptor. From afterwards on he was not usually a seed merchant, though also a unaccepted hollow photographer.

An muster of 120 of Donetta’s photos is now display during Switzerland’s photography substructure in Zurich (Fotostiftung Schweiz) until Sep 4.

(Text: Fotostiftung Schweiz)