Walter Pfeiffer, 1970-1980Full-bleed black and white images, a lack of captions, extreme body close-ups, boys and boys and more boys: these are the trademarks of Walter Pfeiffer's now out-of-print 1980 cult classic. As an autodidact Pfeiffer started taking photographs--without any technical ambition but with the will to provide a new visual vocabulary for beauty, eroticism, and freedom of life. The images depict the 1970-1980 Zurich scene: some feature Pfeiffer's friends hanging out in the studio, nearly all explore the sexuality of the everyday. Organized in stunning visual sequences, the book brought the public's attention to Pfeiffer's polaroids and established him as a sort of underground icon. This faithful reprint of the original visually demonstrates how the documented decade of Pfeiffer's work flirted with gay subculture and later became ...
Young people Exhibition at the Fotomuseum Winerthur
Growing up is a time of self-searching. Who am I and who do I want to be? It is a time of trying to ground oneself in the world and build a relationship with one’s own persona. Each individual must personally undergo the experience of transition from a protected childhood into a social system of relationships and responsibility, finding one’s role in group dynamics, identifying, and testing possibilities and boundaries. Artistic photography has repeatedly examined this phase of life, from at least two different perspectives. One is the viewpoint of actual experience – a young adult who shares the lives of the protagonists with whom he or she is involved. Then there is the adult perspective on the phenomena of youth, which takes a different form of expression due to a certain distance and life experie...
Mois de la Photo 2012 : exposition du Centre Culturel Suisse
Vito Acconci (US), Laurie Anderson (US), Nobuyoshi Araki (JP), Richard Avedon (US), Anne de Vries (NL), Valie Export (AUT), André Gelpke (D), Nan Goldin (US), Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga (PO), Peter Hujar (US), Barry Le Va (US), Ulrike Lienbacher (AUT), Urs Lüthi (CH), Anetta Mona Chisa (RO) & Lucia Tkácová (SK), Robert Morris (US), Marianne Müller (CH), Paulina Olowska (PO), Walter Pfeiffer (CH), Rockmaster K (CH), Ugo Rondinone (CH), Igor Savchenko (RU), Lorna Simpson (US), Annelies Strba (CH), Hannah Villiger (CH).
Since its creation in 1993, the Fotomuseum Winterthur has become one of the most important institutions devoted to contemporary photography. Today its international collection comprises some 4,000 works, collected through a purchasing policy, gifts or permanent loans. Since 2003...
«Body Language» œuvres de la collection du Fotomuseum Winterthur au centre Culturel Suisse
Dans le cadre du Mois de la Photo à Paris, novembre 2012
Avec : Vito Acconci (US), Laurie Anderson (US), Nobuyoshi Araki (JP), Richard Avedon (US), Anne de Vries (NL), Valie Export (AT), André Gelpke (DE), Nan Goldin (US), Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga (PO), Peter Hujar (US), Barry Le Va (US), Ulrike Lienbacher (AT), Urs Lüthi (CH), Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkácová (RO/SK), Robert Morris (US), Marianne Müller (CH), Paulina Olowska (PL), Walter Pfeiffer (CH), Rockmaster K (CH), Ugo Rondinone (CH), Igor Savchenko (BY), Lorna Simpson (US), Annelies Strba (CH), Hannah Villiger (CH)
Depuis sa création en 1993, le Fotomuseum Winterthur s’est imposé comme une des institutions les plus importantes consacrées à la photographie contempo...
WALTER PFEIFFER - In Love With BeautyAn underground classic for years, Walter Pfeiffer has developed a unique blend of eroticism and wit, classical serenity and ornamental playfulness, artifice and immediacy that has begun to garner major international attention in the past few years. Fotomuseum Winterthur presents an unprecedented chronological overview of Pfeiffer's photographic work, spanning four decades from his beginnings in the early 1970s to his most recent work.
Initially a painter, draughtsman and graphic designer, Walter Pfeiffer started to use photographs as aide-memoirs while working on large-scale photorealist pencil drawings in the early 1970s. But soon Pfeiffer developed a genuine passion for photography. Stimulated by a cast of handsome drifters and stylish women, his very own personal Warhol-inspired "Factory", he began to car...