In their series Freizeitfreunde (HobbyBuddies), Swiss photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini show group portraits of people who come together with a shared interest.

The series of staged pictures were each taken at a carefully selected location and time, with scenery built and specifically arranged to show all members of the group. The subjects of the photographs come from all walks of life, age groups, ethnicities and religions. The staged approach, with planned accessories and props, results in an intriguing and sometimes humorous series of compositions.

Introductory texts by Sibylle Berg and Max Küng explore the vast ways that individuals choose to spend their free time. What emerges from the images is a narrative that speaks of human interaction.

The Freizeitfreunde series has also been published in a hardcover book. Freizeitfreunde is available through Kehrer.

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