Curriculum Vitae

After a rather conceptual and theoretical approach to photography during the studies in Fine Art, Nicole Hametner (1981, AT/CH) chooses to enrol at the educational centre in Vevey for a professional education. Basing on an initial technical education, a superior education in photography leads her back to an artistic encounter with the subject.

Graduated in 2008 in Vevey, Nicole Hametner achieves the First Prize of Photography 2009 of Bern for her series Aster. This work is published by Editions Filigranes Paris and was presented at Paris Photo. After several group exhibitions Nicole Hametner has her first solo show Aster at the Gallery Stimultania in Strasbourg. Her second solo show, Black Light was shown in 2010 at Marks Blond in Bern. For her work Le Sapin she achieves for the second time the First Prize of Photography 2011 of Bern.

2012 she resumes her master’s degree at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. There she explores the photographic analogue still and the electronic moving image, reflecting on their relation to time. 2014 -2019 Nicole Hametner works as Senior Assistant at the Bern University of Arts, where she currently teaches photography. Next to that she is active as an independent photographer.


2012 - 2014

Master Design (MDes)
Piet Zwart Institute, Master Media Design, Rotterdam

2006 - 2008

Graduate photographer
Superior education in photography, Vevey

2004 - 2006

Federal certificate of capacity in photography
Professional education in photography, Vevey

2003 - 2004

Beaux arts, arts school of Valais, Sierre

2002 - 2003

Preparation course in arts, Bern


University entrance certificate in economics, Bern


Werte im Wandel, Kunsthaus Interlaken
Cantonale Berne Jura, EAC (les halles), Porrentruy
Cantonale Berne Jura, Kunsthaus Steffisburg
Shared Spaces in Change, Kornhausforum, Bern
Prix Photoforum 2020, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel
Book launch, Berner Almanach Fotografie, Galerie Terrain, Bern
Unlinked, Master Degree Show, Tent, Rotterdam
VIII Biennale dell’immagine, Chiasso
Photo Off during Paris Photo, Red Studio, Paris
Photogenus, Daap Galleries, University of Cincinnati
The Beauty of Darkness, Villa Magnolia, Hamburg
photo12 – Werkschau Schweizer Fotografie, Zürich
SELECTION 2011, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel
The 15th edition of the Biel Festival of Photography, Biel
La Nuit des Images, Jardins du Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
Montchoisi, opening show for the publication, Lausanne
After Dark, La Filature, Mulhouse
First Prize of Photography of Bern, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel
Schwarzes Licht, Solo Show, Marks Blond Project, Bern
Raiffeisen Benefit Art Auction, City Halle, Winterthur
Jungkunst, City Halle, Winterthur
Promenons nous dans les bois, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne
Aster, Solo Show, Galerie Stimultania, Strassbourg
Champs ContreChamps, work in progress, Espace Culturel, Assens
Lanterna Magica, Swiss Camera museum, Vevey
First Prize of Photography of Bern, Kornhausforum, Bern
Transposer, Swiss embassy, Paris
Exhibition F4, Festival Images’08, Vevey
Collectif Instable, Galerie Décalquai, Montreux
Weihnachtsausstellung, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel
Béton en scène, exhibition with publication, Theatre Montreuil, Paris
Weihnachtsausstellung, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel

Awards / Selections

February 2011
Winner of the First Prize of Photography of Bern for the series Le Sapin
January 2011
Plat(t)form 11, the fifth curated international portfolio viewing featuring young emerging European photographers, Fotomuseum, Winterthur
May 2009
Winner of the First Prize of Photography of Bern for the series Aster
September 2008
MJA, Forum de l’Image, Toulouse
Professional encounters among young artists and internationally known artists of contemporary art.
July 2008
Presentation of photographs during exhibition evenings on the occasion of the 13th «Edition du Festival Voies Off» during «Rencontres d’Arles»


Berner Almanach Fotografie
60 current positions in photography from 1970 until today
Michael Krethlow, Konrad Tobler, Martin Wiesli (Hg.)
Edition Atelier, 2019, 512 pages, 629 images, German
Montchoisi, La patinoire-piscine de Montchoisi, Lausanne, Switzerland
Photography from Nicole Hametner and Nicolas Savary
Text from Sylvie Henguely und Martine Jaquet
Editions IDPURE, 2011, 116 pages, French/English
Exhibition catalogue. Promenons-nous dans les bois. Pierre Aubert.
Une rétrospective avec Nicole Hametner & Vincent Kohler
Text from Philippe Kaenel and Ana Vulic
Editions art&fiction, 2010, 64 pages, French/German
Monograph. Aster.
Filigranes Editions, 2008, 32 pages, French Co-edition:
Ecole Professionnelle de Photographie de Vevey
Presentation during Paris Photo, November 2008