Hans took the photographs in these galleries which are some of the best photos taken of St. George’s windows.

Hans has worked as a teacher, translator, programmer, author and photographer. It is with the latter that has occupied most of his professional time recently. He has studied Gothic art specializing in stained glass and earned a M.A. from Columbia University and worked toward a Ph.D at the same institution. Here is a detailed biography:


  • Born 1939 in Aarau, Switzerland. Ttrained as a primary school teacher
  • Published some photos for a book on the city of Zurich
  • 1961 started working as a teacher, developed interest in photography of stained glass
  • 1965 married Norma Jean Bristol in Switzerland
  • 1966 moved to Florida, graduated after 2 years with a B.A. in art history from the University of Florida
  • 1968 started Ph. D. program at Columbia University in New York City with a major in Gothic art specializing in stained glass
  • 1970 worked on exhibition “The Year 1200” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some photos from French stained glass published in catalogue
  • 1972 Cloisters Fellow, photographed all stained glass at the museum, published in the Metropolitan Art Bulletin
  • Some of the colored photos from the bulletin published by “Lithopinion”, a trade publication for lithographers, received award for “outstanding photos of the year” from the magazine
  • M.A. from Columbia, finished all coursework and final exams for Ph.D., received a Woodrow Wilson Grant to write thesis in Paris
  • 1975 started work on dissertation on the west rose of Chartres cathedral
  • 1976 moved to Germany
  • 1977 moved back to south Florida, worked in a Christian magazine, as a principal of a Christian school and sold ladies shoes in a shopping center
  • 1983-85 worked for Siemens Corporation as a translator and programmer
  • 1986 moved back to Switzerland with wife and two sons, worked as a teacher
  • 1999 retired, moved to south of Brussels in Belgium, built a house there
  • met a Belgian stained-glass restorer and took pictures before and after restoration of windows in the St. Jacobs church in Antwerp and Park Abbey in Heverlee near Leuven. This glass dates from the 17th
  • 2011 published photographs in a monograph on Joost Maréchal, a 20th century Belgian artist working in stained glass and ceramics
  • 2013 published all photos of stained glass by Felix Hoffmann in a monograph on the church in Aarau, Switzerland. Also published a number of postcards of windows in the same church
  • illustrated four theological books in Switzerland with stained-galls photos
  • 2015 published stained-glass photos for a monograph of Gian Casty, a Swiss artist working in the 20th Also put together a slide presentation of the artist’s work during an exhibition in the Vitromusée in Romont, Switzerland
  • 2015 published postcards of three windows of Giacometti (Swiss 20th century artist) from a church in Klosters, Switzerland
  • 2015 published some photos of stained glass by Belgian contemporary artist Etienne Tribolet
  • 2014 &16 contributed most of the photos for two Ph.D. dissertations on two German stained-glass artists working in Switzerland during the 19th and 20th centuries, published in Switzerland
  • published photos of stained glass by Felix Hoffmann, a Swiss artist of the 20th century for the website of the evangelical churches, also photographed the artists bequest in the Vitromusée in Romont for their archives. In addition, several public lectures on the stained glass of the artist
  • 2017 published photographs of quilts illustrating the stations of the cross
  • 2017 took photos of 19th and 20th century stained glass in the canton of Fribourg for the database and website of the Vitrocentre in Romont
  • 2017 visited St. Georges Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg VA and took photos of the glass
  • presently working on a publication of three windows by Giacometti in the Wasserkirche in Zurich, to be published in 2018
  • almost finished all photography for a scholarly catalogue for the Corpus Vitrearum Media Aevi on medieval glass in the county of Kent in the UK in around 200 churches, museums and private homes
  • 2018 start photographing all stained glass up to the beginning of the 20th century in the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland for the Corpus Vitrearum Media Aevi