Born in Bern in 1947, Richard de Tscharner developed a passion for photography at a very young age. He learnt the basics during the many excursions his father led him on, through the Alps of the Valais, with a camera slung over his shoulder, while at the same time falling in love with nature and wide open spaces. Although his passion for photography never left him, Richard de Tscharner’s career path led him in a different direction.
He graduated from the faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Geneva and he entered the world of finance in 1972 with Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Co., private bankers in Geneva, eventually reaching the position of Managing Partner in 1989. Towards the end of 2006, Richard de Tscharner decided to leave the group and the banking world in order to fully dedicate himself to imparting the values that have led and inspired him throughout his life.
That is when photography came back into focus and brought him to widen his scope. It started with a journey of initiation in Mali with his friend and fellow photographer Jean-Baptiste Huynh and developed further in the course of an amazing round-the-world trip that forever changed his look upon the world, both as an artist and as a man. In conjunction with his photographic career, Richard de Tscharner is committed, through the Carène Foundation, to sharing two cornerstone values that have supported him all along his walk of life: educa-tion and respect for tradition.
"For as long as I have known him, Richard has been a seeker of beauty and harmony. He finds them in nature and humanity alike, travelling across time and place. William Blake exhorted us to “see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower”, to “hold infinity in the palm of our hand and eternity in an hour”. Richard does just this through the lens of his camera, capturing a glimpse of eternity in a given moment. He brings a perfectionist’s touch to his technique, deploying the classical silver print process to give his images a traditional and lasting quality.
In 2006 Richard retired from banking and turned the page to a new chapter in his life. He has been on a quest ever since to reveal our planet’s magic, bringing a childlike curiosity and enthusiasm to his artistic pursuits. His love for the greater human family inspired him to establish the Fondation Carène, which supports education for underprivileged children. It also encourages the preservation and transmission of cultural knowledge and traditions around the world. Richard is generously donating the sales proceeds to the foundation, as he always does with his photographic exhibit."