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About Viewfinder

As Switzerland’s first English-language photography school, Viewfinder Center leads the way in providing creative learning experiences that help photographers develop their own passion for photography, take better pictures and simply have more fun with photos.

We offer a range of photography courses taught at our Zürich studio, as well as single, multi-day and international photography workshops – held around Switzerland and abroad.

Whether you want to learn about using your new dSLR camera, need help improving your portrait photography skills, or wish dive deeper into landscape or sports photography, each of our offers has the right mix of theory and hands-on practice, with helpful guidance from instructors whose livelihoods depend on their photography skills.

Matt Anderson, photographer and director of the Viewfinder Center in Zurich, Switzerland.

Matt Anderson

The Viewfinder Center is managed and directed by American photographer Matt Anderson and his wife Dagmar. Matt is responsible for course development, organizing workshops and teaching a number of Viewfinder’s photography courses and workshops.

Living in Switzerland since 2008, Matt’s photography career began while studying journalism in the USA. He worked as a newspaper photographer at three different daily newspapers and freelanced regularly for the Associated Press Seattle Bureau. Matt’s photographic strength is event and people photography, a reflection of his time spent working as a press photographer. He’s excited by new photographic challenges that push him out of his comfort zone.

Matt’s three passions (in equal proportion) are: exploring new places – both near and far, creating impactful, story-telling photography, and thirdly – helping other photographers have great educational experiences out in the field. When Matt’s not out shooting or teaching at Viewfinder, he can be found planning the next big trip.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor of Arts – Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) 2002.

Photojournalist at Skagit Valley Herald, Bellingham Herald & Eugene Register-Guard 1999–2004

Associated Press – Freelance Photographer (Seattle Bureau) 2000–2004.

Mountain Guide, American Alpine Institute (Alaska, Washington, California, Nevada & British Columbia) 2004–2006.

Master’s in Teaching – City University of Seattle (Seattle, WA) 2008.

High-end wedding, commercial and editorial projects (in Switzerland) since 2008.

Staff member from Viewfinder Center, Dagmar Anderson

Dagmar Anderson

Viewfinder Center’s office maven; Dagmar Anderson, can be found working away diligently behind the scenes – where she assists with planning, instructor coordination and student inquiries at Viewfinder. Dagmar is a “professional traveler” with chronically itchy feet who enjoys exploring new countries, cultures and cuisine as often as she can. Dagmar’s long experience as a professional nurse in Switzerland makes her a great resource on longer, more remote trips. She’s helped her husband Matt out of trouble on more than one occasion!

Greg Hackel–Johnson, intern at the Viewfinder Center, Zurich, Switzerland.

Greg Hackel-Johnson

Gregory Hackel-Johnson moved to Switzerland from the United States in 1999. He is presently on a six-month internship while majoring in both photography and graphic design at Northeastern University in Boston. Greg is fascinated by the endless creative possibilities that can be revealed and explored with a camera. He is an avid basketball athlete and martial artist, and is particularly drawn to creative team projects and teamwork.

Instructor John Faber

John Faber

John Faber is a Dutch-born professional photographer who’s been living in Switzerland since 2012. Back in the Netherlands he was a self-employed freelancer focusing on portraiture, weddings and reportage while teaching photography classes at Fotoschool Statief in Utrecht. His move to Switzerland gave him the opportunity to combine his passion for photography with his love for sports and mountains. Today most of John’s projects are related to skiing, running, cycling, and BMX bike events. John is a passionate teacher who enjoys seeing others grasp new concepts and improve their own skills. His easy-going nature and long experience in the photography industry prove very useful in Viewfinder courses and on field trips.

Viewfinder Center photography instructor A'ron Schmukle

A'ron Schmukle

A’ron picked up his first camera at age 10 and has been fascinated by the creative and technical sides of photography ever since. His main passions are wildlife and landscape photography and he travels widely in search of new subjects and scenes. A’ron has developed a strong expertise with Adobe software and takes pleasure in helping other photographers master their own digital workflows.

Viewfinder Center photography instructor Susanne Venditti

Susanne Venditti

Susanne Venditti picked up her first camera 30 years ago and has never looked back. The switch to digital photography allowed her to push her creativity further and intensified her desire to produce more images. Susanne grew up in Kanton Valais, here in Switzerland – which helps explain her fascination with beautiful landscapes. Macro photography is one of Susanne’s biggest passions and she takes pleasure photographing the details that others miss. Susanne’s enthusiasm for nature is infectious and fun. Her landscape and macro expertise come in particularly handy on workshops and macro photography courses where she helps students find compositions where others wouldn’t look.

Dan & Janine Patitucci

Dan & Janine Patitucci live a creative life as photographers and mountain sport athletes. Based in Grindelwald, Switzerland, Dan & Janine have access to some of the world’s most beautiful mountain locations and world-class athletes. The Patitucci’s work has appeared in countless magazines and ad campaigns for many of the outdoor industry’s leading companies; National Geographic, The North Face, REI, Patagonia, Jack Wolfskin, Gore-Tex, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Deuter Packs, and many more. Dan and Janine are the instructors on Viewfinder’s popular Mountain Sports Photography Workshop in Grindelwald. In addition to being hard-core outdoor athletes and industry-leading photographers, the Patituccis are two of the most approachable, down-to-Earth super stars that you’ll ever meet.

Viewfinder Center Photography instructor Elaine Yager

Elaine Yager

Elaine Yager has a creative flair for fashion photography and fine-art portraiture. Elaine was born in Switzerland but educated in the USA, where she studied analog photography and architecture. In 2014 her work was recognised in the Sony World Awards for photography. Elaine’s fashion projects usually center around a creative theme or interesting color palette. In addition to having her work displayed in exhibitions and magazines, she works with fashion bloggers, upcoming designers and private clients as well.  Although initially immersed in the analog darkroom, today Elaine employs high end retouching techniques using Adobe Photoshop to put the finishing touch on her images. Elaine enjoys sharing her ideas and knowledge with other photographers as much as she enjoys shooting new projects.

Viewfinder Centers instructor Erwin Windmueller

ERWIN WINDMÜLLER

Erwin Windmüller’s photographic career has taken him around the globe and introduced him to many of the world’s best and brightest. After cutting his teeth as an agency photographer in Zurich, he moved on to photograph for the biggest brands in fashion, living in Paris and New York for more than 20 years before returning to his home country of Switzerland. In addition to photographing for Vogue, Elle, GQ, L’Oreal, and Yves Saint Laurent, Erwin is the principle photographer for Swiss Universe (1st and business class magazine for Swiss airlines). A powerhouse of energy and creativity, Erwin is as approachable and thoughtful as he is enthusiastic for the craft of photography.