Kilian Kessler finds warmth and beauty in people’s everyday lives. Good examples are his photo story about the abbey Appenzell or in his portrait of the gymnast Giulia Steingruber. His work varies from delicate stagings to sensitive documentaries. His photographs are modern, but not cool – rather, they are surprisingly lively and human.
As a child, Kilian (who was born in 1980) wanted to become a car designer. After studying photography in Basel, he realized that people are more fascinating to him than inanimate objects. After working as an assistant to several photographers, he started working freelance. Kilian Kessler loves movies and Russian literature. That is perhaps one reason why his photographs have a second level that lends his motifs depth.