About me

Tobias Sutter: skilled in the studio, spontaneous on the spot

Tobias Sutter loves people – whether he is photographing a street magazine salesman or the senior executive of a major company, Tobias connects with the person in front of his lens. Thanks to his spontaneous, infectious manner, he always succeeds in expressing the personality of the person portrayed. It is this genuine interest in people which gives such power to his photographs.

Another of Sutter’s distinguishing features is his exceptional skill: he is as well versed in the studio where care and perfection is paramount, as he is working flexibly on location to capture a mood or a moment. He is as dedicated when he is handling a small commission, as he is when working on a multi-day large-scale production that extends from conception, casting, styling, hair & make-up, to impeccable post production.

Sutter's work focuses on editorial photography, including portraits, people, fashion and food. He also specializes in commissions for the music scene: from the atmospheric stage shot, to portraits of international musicians and festival visitors – all are captured with his unique visual style. Tobias Sutter photographs on behalf of advertising agencies as well as for companies and organizations who directly commission his work.


  • Born 1970 in Basel
  • Trained as a photographer 1992-96
  • Assistant to various photographers in the Swiss art, advertising and fashion scene
  • Worked with food photographers Eisenhut & Mayer, Vienna; with art- and scene photographer Alex Kayser, New York; and various fashion photographers, New York.
  • Worked independently since 1998, travelling through Switzerland and around the world for autonomous and commissioned work.
  • 2009 Nomination for the Swiss Photo Award - ewz selection
  • Since 2011 commissioned work for Greenfield Festival AG and Summerstage Basel. Several of these photographs can be viewed in the permanent exhibition of Restaurant Seegarten in Münchenstein, near Basel (Switzerland).


«Blush – lifelines» (book publication), PEP + No Name, Basel
«Artists - Summerstage Basel» (permanent exhibition), Seegarten, Münchenstein
«Quo Vadis», Trotte Arlesheim, Arlesheim
«Weihnachtsausstellung», Birsfelder Museum, Birsfelden
«Kopfgeburten», Art Privee, Arlesheim
«Wendepunkte. Immer wieder», CES Gallery, New York
«8 x 100», Haus des Gewerbes, Basel
«Wendepunkte. Immer wieder», Haus des Gewerbes, Basel
«Es ist möglich» (group exh.), Fabrikraum, Liestal
«Alp», PEP + No Name Gallery, Basel
«Masterplan», Käfigturm, Bern
«Pyramid is watching TV», Casablanca, Birsfelden