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The Friend
Navid Kermani on Daniel Schwartz and their Walk in the Hindu Kush that didn’t happen

Das Magazin No 03/19 January 2019
Supplement to Tages-Anzeiger, Basler Zeitung, Berner Zeitung und Der Bund

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Editorial

One amusing work of travel literature that scarcely anyone in the German-speaking world has read is Eric Newby’s A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Published in 1958, it describes the attempt of two English eccentrics – one of them the then 24-year-old Newby – to climb a twenty-thousand-foot peak in Afghanistan. Neither has any experience of mountaineering and their adventure, predictably, ends in fiasco. Which matters not one jot, at least not as far as the quality of the writing is concerned, so glorious are Newby’s descriptions of the country and its people, so dryly self-deprecating his account of his own exploits.
When Swiss photographer Daniel Schwartz approached me last spring and suggested that he and his friend the famous German writer and Orientalist Navid Kermani repeat Newby’s ‘walk’, I therefore agreed without hesitation. Both men are seasoned travellers and were concerned less with Newby’s affectation of dandyism than with documenting how the glaciers in this dangerous corner of the world are in retreat. Schwartz was to take photographs while Kermani, who speaks Farsi, engaged the locals in conversation. But then Kermani had to pull out at the last minute so that Schwartz set off without him, camera in hand. Back home in Cologne, Kermani did what he does best, as anyone who has read his magisterial novel Dein Name will confirm: he continued writing up his life, recording his experiences one day at a time. And of course he reflected on the trip he had had to cancel, his friendship with Daniel, his worries as a father. For this issue, therefore, we have brought together two very different bodies of work, which to our mind complement each other perfectly.
Finn Canonica, Editor-in-Chief, Das Magazin, Zürich

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The idea was for Swiss photographer Daniel Schwartz and German author Navid Kermani to take a walk in the Hindu Kush for Das Magazin. But when Kermani had to pull out at the last minute, Schwartz set off alone to photograph the melting glaciers. Kermani’s text is not, therefore, a travelogue, bur rather a written record of a year spent at home in Cologne – his musings on the trip he never took, an illness in the family, the never-ending heat wave of the summer of 2018, and much more besides. By no means least, it is a touching portrait of Daniel Schwartz, the friend he had to send off into the world without him.
(Followed by extracts from Navid Kermani’s journal)

Exhibition

While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey

Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
10 November 2018–17 February 2019

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The alarming findings of climate change research hardly reach the general public and it takes art to get the message out. In this respect, the photography of Daniel Schwartz has major implications. His work on global warming dates back to the 1990s when he documented life and death in the river deltas in Asia. His project While the Fires Burn, A Glacier Odyssey, documents global glacier collapse. A glaciology in images, his black & white photographs are the result of an intense dialogue with science. In the present, they contribute to the awareness of the issue, in the future, they will be of relevance for the understanding of climate history. Schwartz’s exhibition in the Grisons Museum of Art, Chur, Switzerland, is juxtaposed with Sebastiao Salgados’ Genesis exhibition in Zurich, and the latter’s digital enhancement to Schwartz’s purist analog method.

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Documentary film

Beyond the Obvious
Daniel Schwartz
Photographer

A portrait, placing the photographer’s glacier odyssey for the book and exhibition While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey in the context of his endeavours spanning more than three decades.

70 min
Director Vadim Jendreyko
Screenplay Frank Vorpahl & Vadim Jendreyko
Producer GoldenEggProduction
In co-production with Sternstunde-Kunst, SRF / Swiss Public TV
In association with Mira Film

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Beirut Art Film Festival

Beirut, 20–25 November 2018
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DOKUARTS 11

Berlin, 4–21 October 2018
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24th Film Festival Della Lessina

Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy, 24 August–2 September, 2018
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7ième Deauville Green Awards

Festival international des productions audiovisuelles
pour le développment durable et les éco-innovations
Deauville, France, 19–20 June, 2018
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Montréal, 8–18 March 2018
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53. Solothurner Filmtage

Solothurn, Switzerland, 25 January–1 February 2018
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Die Dunkelkammer ist die andere Küche

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich, 27. Dezember 2017

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Monograph

While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey

Thames & Hudson
October 2017

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