René Groebli was born on October 9 in Zurich, Switzerland in 1927. In the 1940s he studied with the famous photographer Hans Finsler. In 1949, he secured his place among post-war European artists with his iconic portfolio: Magie der Schiene (Magic of the Railroad). In the early 1950s, Groebli worked as a photographer for LIFE, Picture Post, Illustrated, Time, and other international magazines, then opened a studio for advertising and industrial photography, which he maintained until his retirement.
In 1954, Das Auge der Liebe (The Eye of Love) is a collection of photographs of his wife taken during their honeymoon and offers a poetic look at nude photography.
Recognized as a master of color, he practices all genres and follows the stylistic and technical evolutions of photography over five decades, in an approach where the avant-garde mixes with a more classical aesthetic. In 1981, the photographer sold his collection and moved to Provence where he rediscovered the possibilities of black and white in his personal work. He continues to exhibit and publish his work and in 1999 the Kunsthaus art museum in Zurich presented a retrospective of his photographs from 1946 to 1996.