Meinrad Schade – War Without War

Photographs of the Former Soviet Union

An impressive account on life oscillating between war and peace and a study on the effect of historic events on the individual.



Title Information

Edited by Nadine Olonetzky. With texts by Nadine Olonetzky, Fred Ritchin, Mikhail Shishkin, and Daniel Wechlin

1st edition

, 2015

Text English and German


264 pages, 161 color illustrations

22 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-452-4


When does a war begin and when does it really end? Every war leaves traces, scars in the landscape and people’s resulting traumas are passed from one generation to the next. Post-war times can also become the years before a war.

Over ten years, Swiss photographer Meinrad Schade has recorded the precarious life oscillating between war and peace in parts of Russia, Chechnya and Ingushetia, in Kazakhstan, the Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region, and in Ukraine. His portraits, still lifes, interiors, street scenes, and landscapes introduce the viewer to remote places and preliminary events. Schade’s images show the long-term effects of old conflicts on people.

This new book features a selection of some 160 images from Schade’s “War Without War” project. The essays tell the history of the countries and their conflicts, look at the decline and struggle for resurrection of the Soviet empire, and reflect on chances and limits of documentary photography.


War without War won a silver medal in the 2016 German Photo Book Award.


Designed by Hi-Visuelle Gestaltung.

Authors & Editors

Nadine Olonetzky

, born 1962 in Zürich, freelance cultural publicist and editor with Scheidegger & Spiess publishers. Contributes regularly to NZZ am Sonntag and to books and catalogues on photography, art, and art history. Member of Kontrast ( in Zürich.

Fred Ritchin

 is Dean of School at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York and co-director of the NYU/Magnum Photography and Human Rights Educational Program. He is also a co-founder and director of PixelPress agency and has written and contributed to sereval books.

Michail Schischkin

, born 1961 in Moscow, lives and works as writer, journalist and translator in Moscow, Berlin, and Switzerland. He has been awarded all three major Russian literatur prizes: Russioan Booker Prize (2000), National Bestseller Award (2006), and Big Book Prize (2011).

Daniel Wechlin

, born 1977, is a political correspondent with Swiss daily newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He has been reporting from Moscow since 2011, covering Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and the former Soviet republics in the Caucasus region and Central Asia.