We began our collaborative work during our studies of photography at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) in 2005. We conceive and manufacture surreal worlds in compositions of “staged” photography.

"Cortis & Sonderegger’s works are characterized by a clear aesthetic diction. Their image tricks are satirically created, ingeniously staged and metaphorically back-filled. Objects and people take off, hover, fall, ... The trademark in their pictures is the fact that the impossible is nimble and playful, their photographic raw materials are simple fabrics, props and tools. The artificial structure with linkage and equipment, with reductions of foreground and background to an image scenery, with light and smoke machines etc. are often made transparent at the edges of the image, reinforcing the message with digital retouching... the two photographers make themselves known as the true inventors for their visual ideas." 

Fritz Franz Vogel, PhD Photohistorian, Editor, Curator



Ongoing or Upcoming

“Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020”, Germany

Group show “Maan/Moon”, FOMU, Antwerp Belgium 2019

"Modell-Naturen in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie“, several places (DE), from February 2019 until 2020

“Icons”, Amsterdam (NL), Ravestijn Gallery, October to December 2019


Group Show “Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography”, MET, NYC 2019

“Double Take”, C/O, Berlin (DE), March to June 2019

„Stories That Matter“, Objectifs, Singapore (SG), March to April 2019

„Belfast Photo Festival“, Belfast (GB), June 2019

“Photo Basel”, Basel (CH), Ravestijn Gallery, June 2019

“Photo Schweiz 19”, Zurich (CH)

“Ways of Seeing” by Sam and Til, Abu Dhabi (UAE)


“Paris Photo”, Grand Palais, Paris (F)

“ICONS”, Gallery exhibition at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NY (USA)

“Icons”, WestLicht, Vienna (AT)

"NEXT IMAGE - The Past of the Future", Daegu Photo Biennale (KOR)

“Double Take”, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur (CH)

"10. Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie", Darmstadt (DE)

“Way of Seeing”, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussles (BE)         

“UNVERIFIED", Museum of Contemporary Art/Jacksonville (US)


“Lianzhou Foto 17”, Lianzhou (CHN)                                 

“Landskrona Foto Festival 2017”, Landskrona (SWE)

“Ways of Seeing”, Arter, Istanbul (TUR) and Brussels (BE)


“Nun scheint im vollen Glanze”, Burgrieden – Rot (D) 

“Photography never dies”, Wroclaw (PL) 

“What”s Up Photo Doc”, Paris (F) 

“Wings of Fantasy: New European Photography”, Peking (CHN) 

“Grand Prix international de photographie de Vevey 2015/2016”, Vevey (CH) 

“Bilderstrom”, Bonn (D) 

“Nothing But Blue Skies”, Rencontres d”Arles (F) 

“Festival de Mode et Photographie”, Hyères (F) 

“Icons”, Solo Show at East-Wing Gallery, Dubai (UAE) 

“Icônes”, Solo Show at Galerie Robert Doisneau, Centre Culturel André Malraux, Nancy (F) 


“Prix Photoforum”, Biel (CH) 

“Prix Photo”, Sothebys Zurich (CH) 

“Ikonen”, Galllery Espace JB, Geneve (CH) 

“Swiss Photo Award”, EWZ, Zürich (CH) 


”For Future Reference”, Paris Photo Art Fair, Paris (FR) 

“(Mis)Understanding Photography, Works and Manifestos”, Museum Folkwang, Essen (DE)                                      

“Swiss Photo Award” (Winner Category Free), EWZ, Zürich (CH) 


“PHOTO 13”, Maag event hall, Zürich (CH)                                     

“Ohne Titel” (whithout title), Gallery 13Photo, Zürich (CH) 


“Make Believe; Biel”, Bienne Festival of Photography, Biel (CH) 


“vfg sponsorship award for up and coming young talent”, several places in Switzerland                                     

“Diploma exhibition ZHDK”, Toni-Areal, Zürich (CH)                                     

“Work grants for fine arts of canton Zurich”, Art school F+F, Zürich (CH) 


“vfg pool – favorites”, galerie Plattform 11, Zürich, (CH)                                     

“PHOTO 05”, Maag Event Hall, Zürich, (CH) 


“Art as Photography" – Photography as Art”, NRW forum for culture and economy, Dusseldorf (DE) 


“Schönegg Exhibition”, Art Space Walcheturm, Zürich (CH)       




„Photographer of the Year“, SWISS PHOTO ACADEMY, Zürich (CH)


Best Photography Awards, 7th Dali international photography exhibition, Dali (CHN)


Winner Category staged photography, “Henry Nannen – Preis”, Hamburg (D)                                    

Dotation Memories Lab, “Festival de Mode et Photographie”, Hyères (F) 


Broncolor Prize (lightning prize), “Grand Prix international de photographie 2015/2016”, Vevey (CH) 


Winner Category Free, “Swiss Photo Award”, Zürich (CH)      




"Double Take", images from the series ICONS, published  by Thames & Hudson (GB/USA), Lars Müller (CH), Seigensha (JP)


“Photography Never Dies”, Catalogue, Wroclaw (PL)                                    

“Rencontres de la Photographie”, Catalogue, Arles, Actes Sud (F)                                    

“Wings of Fantasy”, Catalogue, Photo Bejing, Post & Telecom Press (CN)                                    

“Bilderstrom. Der Rhein und die Fotografie 2016-1853”, Catalogue,  LVR-Landesmuseum, Hatje Cantz (D) 


“(Mis)Understanding Photography”, Catalogue, Museum Folkwang, Steidl (D) 


“Küchen Werkzeug – Kitchen Tools”, Design by Kuhn Rikon, Lars Müller (CH) 


“Paarkunst: Anny Vonzun zum 100. Geburtstag”, Stiftung Leonhard Meisser und Anny Vonzun (CH) 


“Eidgenössische Förderpreise für Design 2008”, Bundesamt für Kultur, Birkhäuser Verlag (CH) 


“Photography, Made in Zürich”, Studienbereich Fotografie,  Scheidegger & Spiess (CH)