The Fotostiftung Schweiz (Schweizerische Stiftung für die Photographie), founded in 1971, is dedicated to the preservation, acquisition and presentation of photographic works. It administrates an archive and a collection which together contain over 50 photographic estates and around 50,000 original prints of work by outstanding photographers. The Fotostiftung organises exhibitions, issues publications on the history of Swiss photography and supports present-day photography in Switzerland by purchasing contemporary work. The collection of the Fotostiftung is supplemented by long-term loans from the Swiss Confederation and the internationally orientated collection of the Friends of the Fotostiftung Schweiz.
Together with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Fotostiftung Schweiz also administrates a public library of approx. 20,000 volumes dealing with photography and participates with teaching assignments in the newly established program in the history and theory of photography at the University of Zurich.
The Fotostiftung Schweiz is Switzerland’s leading competence center of Swiss photography and photo-based art. Together with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, it ranks among the Art Museums of Switzerland: twelve world-class museums representing enjoyable arts of highest levels.