Born in the year of the lord 1966 in the booming watch-manufacturing city of Biel/Bienne in Switzerland my youth was a typical swiss one. This means good schools, good parents, a well organized life. It would have probably gone on, if I didn't drop out high-school, because I was more interested in computers, drawing and the graffiti-scene than in maths and latin language.
This was the time of exploring the world. Travels lead me to South-East Asia, India and the African countries of the north, like Morocco and Algeria. I spent several months in England and tried to learn the english language (hope you understand this text). But life is cruel and even swiss people have to work to earn their living.
So had I.
To make it right, I started an apprenticeship as a computer programmer at the Swiss Railways. Four years past by in my position as a state-paid computer programmer, when I suddenly realized that this could not have been all. (Yes, it's this thought men in their fifties usually come up with).
Nevertheless, I quit my job and started travelling again. It turned out to become a two years journey to places like Borneo, Vietnam, China and Tibet. This was actually the first time I took a camera on a trip. Before I always thought taking pictures in foreign countries transforms you automaticaly into a member of the tourist species.
Now I discovered how the world seen through a lens was a different one. Being able to slice out a 125st of a second of the world as it is, is probably one of the most radical interpretations of reality. And still, photography has the reputation to show reality. The tension between these two opposites keeps me fascinated till today.
By the end of the trip I was convinced: I had to become a photographer.
Back home in Switzerland, I stumbled over the Group of Autodidactic Photographers (GAF), a self organized group teached by professional photographers.
After spending a wonderful and creative year with this group, I started working as a freelancer for newspapers and magazines.
I got known to my wife Regina von Graffenried, a journalist-photographer. Together we travelled on assignments abroad and finally (our son Valentin was on his way) built up the Pressebüro Moser von Graffenried.
We now offer complete coverage (photo and text) of events, reportage in Switzerland and abroad, coaching of exhibitions and all kind of press consulting.
From autumn '97 to spring 2000 I worked as a staff photographer and head of the photo department for the daily newspaper Bieler Tagblatt
April 2000 I'm employed as chief staff photographer and picture editor at
the daily newspaper
'Carpet People of India'
Adhikara Art Gallery