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Flurina Rothenberger (1977) is a Swiss photographer raised in Zuénoula,Côte d'Ivoire. She has spent most of her career photographing the continent where she grew up, Africa.
Her photographs focus on the expanding urban landscape, often based in some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and the people that move within it, from fashionable teenagers to savvy businessmen. They paint a picture of a continent in rapid development and the swings of globalisation, with a strong and varied cultural heritage.

She published I love to dress like I am coming from somewhere and I have a place to go, in 2015 with Edition Patrick Frey, covering 10 years of working across different African countries.
The book was edited and designed by the graphic design duo Hammer, with whom Flurina collaborates on a majority of her projects. The youngest result of their collaboration is Edition Nice, a self published youth magazine conceived with young contributors in Pemba, Moçambique.

Flurina Rothenberger is the Co-founder of Klaym an independent association and movement - founded in 2015 - dedicated to support, train and publish talented photographers, visual artists and writers in African countries.

Flurina holds a degree in photography from the University of Arts Zurich and regularly lectures at F+F School of Arts and Design Zurich. Her work has been exhibited and awarded with the Swiss Design Award.



Flurina Rothenberger
Phone +41 78 712 93 84



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Design: Hammer
Programming: ATTRIBUTE

Awards & Grants


Most Beautiful Swiss Books Award

2015, Federal Office of Culture

Author Book Award - shortlisted

Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles


Greenpeace Photo Award

in media partnership with DU


Federal Grants for Visual Art

Cultural Departement of Canton Zurich


Swiss Federal Design Award

Federal Office of Culture

Exhibitions — Solo


Flurina Rothenberger

Photoforum PasquArt, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland


Dakar ne dort pas Dakar se noie

Coalmine Documentary Photography Forum, Winterthur

Group Shows - Book Fairs


Inherent Risk

Rituals and Performance: Inherent Risk, LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria


Kunstverein Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria


World Images 6

Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Sometimes People in Luanda Shine!

ZHdK, Departement Design, Zurich

The other Hundred entrepreneurs

Pacific Place, Admirality, Hongkong

Prix Photo

Sotheby's, Zurich, Switzerland


Swiss Design Awards

Messe Basel, Switzerland


Damani Dada Suprême

Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland


Grants for Visual Art

Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland


Swiss Federal Design Awards

Museum Bellerive, Zurich Switzerland



Fotostiftung Schweiz

Selected Clients


Editorial & Corporate

Monocle, Wired Japan, Libération, Refinery29, 032c, Accent Magazine, Hochparterre, Swiss Magazine, SZ-Magazin, Das Magazin, Annabelle, CS Bulletin, WOZ
vitra., Max Felchlin AG, SBB, Fischer Architekten,Futurafrosch, SwissBanking, ÖKK, BalanceHotels, Hotel Altstadt, Helvetas, Suchtprävention Zürich

Artist Books


I love to dress like I am coming from somewhere and I have a place to go

Images from the African continent 2004 - 2014. with Hammer, published by Edition Patrick Frey


I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way

published by Edition Patrick Frey

Group Publications


Edition Nice N°1

from Pemba, Moçambique, selfpublished

Africa Rising

Fashion, Lifestyle and Design from Africa, Die Gestalten Verlag

World Images 6, Catalogue

by VfmK Verlag für moderne Kunst, Wien


The other Hundred entrepreneurs

Editions The other Hundred, Hong Kong


Out of the Absurdity of Life

Globale Musik, Norient 012


Brands & Brandings

Gepflegt: Krass, Der Gestalten Verlag, Berlin


Der Tag beginnt für mich schon am Abend vorher

Portraits, ausgewählt von Walter Keller, Salis Verlag AG, Zürich


Stella # 5

nieves, Zurich

Photography made in Zurich

Verlag Scheidegger &
Spiess AG, Zürich



Since 2010

Lecturer of Photography at F+F School of Art and Design, Zurich

since 2014

Z-Modules, inter- and transdisciplinary courses at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)