Jürg Obrist was born in Zurich in 1947. After an apprenticeship as a retoucher he studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. He then travelled to the USA as a photographer. From 1976 to 1985 he worked in New York as an illustrator for children’s and young adult magazines. His first children’s book, They Do Things Right in Albern, was published in 1978. Since 1985 he has lived in Zurich, where he works as an independent writer and illustrator.