Didier Ruef


Didier Ruef, born in 1961, has dual nationality, Swiss and Italian. He is based in Lugano, Switzerland and works as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. Ruef has shot for the last twenty five years hundred of reportages and assignments on all five continents, with a preference for Africa. He uses either color or B&W depending on the stories, the clients or his personal projects. Ruef's photographs have been published in major international magazines and newspapers, such as Time, The Observer Magazine, Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, El Pais Semanal, Geo, Marie Claire, D La Republica, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Das Magazin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, the Global Fund and the Syngenta Foundation. Ruef has made several books : Bauern am Berg - Offizin Verlag, Paysans de nos montagnes - Editions Monographic, Vita di montagna - Edizioni Casagrande, Afrique Noire - Infolio Editions, Enfants Prisonniers - DiDé. Since 1991, Ruef has also been involved in a worldwide project on Man and Waste and has finaly published in 2011 the book Recycle, Labor et Fides ( french – English) and Edizioni Casagrande ( italian – german).

  • India. Province of Gujarat. Alang. Workers, all men, carry a wire to draw by winch a huge scrap's piece on the beach. Ships aground. Vessels stranded. Bottoms of ships at low tide on the shore. Alang, located in the Gulf of Khambhat, is a ships breaking place. Alang is considered as the biggest scrapyard in the world. Ships recycling for its metals. Environmental issues. Hazardous waste. © 1992 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Brazil. Sao Paulo state. Sao Paulo. Valdenir kisses Magda, both live in the streets as a couple, They are "catadores" , men who collect paper, metals, bottles ... in order to sell these items as recycled materials and make a living. Waste collectors. © 1994 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Italy. Veneto Region. Vicenza. Cars scrapyard. A worker carries in his hand a recycled windscreen. © 1993 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • China. Province of Guangdong. The village of Nanyang is part of the town of Guiyu. Workers take down by hand old computers, dicarded monitors and electronic components which lay on the ground. The various parts will be recycled for its metals, electric cables, terminals, printed and integrated circuits, chips,... © 2004 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • USA. Mississippi. Biloxi. Aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Most houses were  destroyed by the storm, the tidal surge (water wave) and the floods. The uniform of the american soldier York stands on a coathanger in a house's ruins. The area is now empty and all its inhabitants have left away. The people could no longer and ever live again in the houses. The entire area needs to be bulldozed before any new construction can be built. Household waste. Destruction of the urban american way of life.© 2005 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Poland. Silesia. Kameniec. Sanatorium for children, aged 7 to 15 years. A group of girls are inhalating water vapour with eucaliptus oil. Major polluted area due to heavy metals supended in the air. Kameniec is a small town, distant 35 km from Katowice.© 1991 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Korea. South Korea. Seoul. Dog cafe "Fusion dog mania cafe". Korean people come to eat, drink and relax themselves among hundred dogs which are there for the customers. People can love and choose among various dogs the ones they want to hold or pat. Dogs are perceived as friendly companionship. Young teenage girl holding a dog in her arms.  © 2002 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • France. Paris. Bois de Boulognes. A group of four racing cyclists, all from asian ethnicity, stand inside a public phone booth. They protect themselves from the pouring rain. 06.06.10 © 2010  Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Vietnam. Ha Tay province. Lai Xa. An old woman, wearing the traditional vietnamese hat and her body covered with plastic sheetings as a rain protection, walks on the road while a woman rides her red Honda motorcycle. No floods on the main road after a heavy rain. Through the construction of a main drainage and the building of sewerage as a combined system, collecting both rainwater and domestic waste water, the implementation of a flexible decentralized community sanitation project in a context of low infrastructure investment and in a peri-urban case study, such as Lai Xa, is a major sucesss. It offers importants benefits as an alternative to centralized systems, namely in terms of health improvements and by the possibility of dealing with wastewater locally, through households and decentralized municipal structures. Lai Xa is a typical hamlet (village) of the Red River delta region and is part of the Kim Chung commune located 15 km west of Hanoi. This peri-urban location is under increasing pressure from the forces of urbanization. 05.04.09  © 2009 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Ethiopia. South Omo Zone. Salamago district. Hana (little village). Bodi tribe. Nomadic. Young man wearing a key as earring and a rolled ethiopian banknote of one bir in a hole through his ear's lobe. © 2001 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Cameroon. Yaounde. Mokolo market. PSI ( Population Services International) is a Non Government Organisation) (NGO) which has one main program in Cameroon: the PMSC (Programm Marketing Social Cameroon). Peers educators visit markets and perform sketches on HIV Aids sensibilisation. Wooden phallus to show how to use and wear properly a condom. Safe sex. © 2001 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Ethiopia. West Gujam. Danbecha district. Anjeni is a small village. A cat seats close to two sisters holding each other in their arms. The walls of the house are made of mud. © 1996 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Angola. Province of BiÄ. Kuito. A young girl in the market with a typical african hair style. © 2000 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Angola. Province of Cuando Cubango. Menongue. Heavy fightings over the last 25 years of civil war between the Governement and Unita. Old woman crushes corn in front of her house with a destroyed T72 tank in her courtyard. © 2000 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Switzerland. Canton Graubčnden. St. Moritz. Hotel Carlton. Butlers. Stefan Kleinat (L), Gilles Ungright (C) head butler, Matheus Alcover (R).  © 2008 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Korea. South Korea.                                                                   Seoul.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dog cafe "Fusion dog mania cafe".                                              Korean people come to eat, drink and relax themselves among hundred dogs which are there for the customers. People can love and choose among various dogs the ones they want to hold or pat.                                                             Dogs are perceived as friendly companionship.                    Young manl is playing with a dog in his arms. © 2002 DIDIER RUEF / LUZphoto
  • Eritrea. Southern Debud Zone. Maiwuray. People and families live in tents, because they are IDP (Internaly Displaced people) from the war on a border dispute(1999 to 2001) between Eritrea and Ethiopia. A new school was buildt by a grant from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture of Basel in Switzerland. On early sunday morning, teachers are relaxingin bed and enjoying their day of rest. © 2002 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Switzerland. Geneva. Head of my friend Lorenzo Menoud. Checkerboard's haircut. © 1988 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Switzerland. Canton Bern. Bienne. Expo 02. Migros area. Sideshow: Strangers in paradise. Two men side by side, a couple seated in a maxi shopping cart, on their way to the sky. © 2002 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto
  • Switzerland. Canton Bern. Lauterbrunnen valley. Oberhorn alp (2200 meters high). Simmental Cattle. After having milked a cow, a young man rests and enjoys for a while a look at the mountains before the sunset. Season spent by cows in mountains pastures. Swiss alpine farmers. Alps mountains peasants.  © 1993 Didier Ruef / LUZphoto