Nora Rupp

Chemin des Ramiers 22

1009 Pully

+41 (0) 76 520 91 38


Nora Rupp (CH, 1981) lives and works in Lausanne. She studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey. Since 2010, she is the museum photographer of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne. At the same time, she develops and exhibits several artistic projects, such as Sentier Battu, Ako and Henro, in different towns (Paris, Lausanne, Nyon, Assens), and she continues her self-portrait work which she started in 2003.

Professional experiences

2010 –

  • MCBA, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne


  • Migros Magazine, Zurich
    Photographic report


  • Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et Croissant-Rouge (IFRC), Genève
    IFRC 90th Anniversary Co-curator
  • Arsenic, Lausanne
    Poster campaign for the 2010 season
  • Alexandre Doublet , Lausanne
    Photographer for the Theater Company “Alexandre Doublet”


  • Manufacture, Haute École de Théâtre de Suisse Romande, Lausanne
    Reportage of the performances


  • Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Genève
    Photograph for the museum collection
  • Musée Olympique, Lausanne
    Photograph for the museum collection

Collective exhibitions


  • NEAR — Helvétie, projection pour les 25 ans du Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland


  • Circulation(s), Festival de la jeune photographie européenne, Paris, France


  • Hétérotopies, Espace culturel Assens, Assens, Switzerland

Personnal exhibition


  • Sentier Battu, La Focale, Nyon, Switzerland


All images © Nora Rupp
Design: Aurèle Sack
Code: Romain Cazier
Typeface: LL Grey/Lineto
© 2020 Nora Rupp. All rights reserved.

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Sentier Battu

Going on pilgrimage has been a trend for a few years. The “Camino de Santiago” is not an old-fashioned route anymore. On the contrary, it attracts today’s middle-class youth. This migratory flow has caught Nora Rupp’s attention. From her doorstep in Switzerland, she walked towards pilgrims from May to August 2008, all the way to Santiago.

Nevertheless, her project, “Sentier Battu”, does not aim at showcasing her own travel; she rather wishes to present a community, the pilgrims’, in their environment, the path. Alone, with his/her partner, friends, family, the pilgrim has many shapes: there is a variety of looks, appearances, social statuses and nationalities.

The project leaves aside the religious or mystical dimension that could be linked to such pilgrimage. In spite of the serious topic, Nora Rupp aims at communicating some kind of lightness in her pictures and at offering a representation of the pilgrim that questions prejudices. The viewer is thus free to create or re-create an open image of the pilgrim.