Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by William Guerrieri, Tiziana Serena. Text by Tiziana Serena.
Tidal flooding has long threatened the Venetian lagoon, a danger that the high-tech MOSE (Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) project was founded to address. This volume collects photographs taken by Walter Niedermayr in 2008 of the lagoons and islands affected by the new system, captured with his characteristic use of dazzling light.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Interview by Paula Crown.
Italian photographer Walter Niedermayr (born 1952) has been documenting alpine landscapes since the late 1980s, calling attention to their fragility and exploring the issues surrounding the presence of tourism in these delicate microclimates. In 2009, Niedermayr was invited to Aspen, Colorado to undertake the project documented in this volume. The Aspen Series consists of a group of 42 photographs, digital murals, banners and a video work depicting the winter landscape of the Rocky Mountains from various vantage points and aerial locations. The works are on display at various locations in the resort through April of 2012. In this volume, Niedermayr remains a precise, critical observer of the ways in which landscape is transformed by the tourism industry while also celebrating the enduring majesty of the region, revealing “the world of these mountains from the point of view of the mountains themselves.”
Walter Niedermayr (born 1952) is among Europe's finest contemporary photographers, a virtuoso in the portrayal of contemporary architecture and Alpine landscapes whose subtle handling of scale, diffuse light effects and desaturated color has been much imitated in recent years. Between 2005 and 2008, Niedermayr traveled in Iran, visiting Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and other smaller cities and historical sites. His travels spurred the undertaking of a new series examining Iranian architecture in its cultural and historical context. The resulting photographs reveal a wild mingling of east and west as older buildings jostle with colorful billboards, beltways and apartment blocks that look as if they could be located anywhere in the world. As with Niedermayr's famous winter landscapes, the majestic, pale color composition of these photographs transports them far beyond mere documentary, towards a sense of tremendous scale and implied political narrative. Like the photographer's previous monographs (which include Titlis and Civil Operations), Recollection was developed by Niedermayr in close collaboration with its designers and publisher, and will prove to be a highlight of photobook-making.
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Artwork by Walter Niedermayr.
This selection of 40 medium-format color photographs by Walter Niedermayr transports us into the world of perpetual ice--to Mount Titlis, the glacier which rises proudly above the boundaries of space and time, 3,000 meters above sea level in the Swiss Alps. Only the human figures in colorful leisure attire which populate this alpine Shangri-la bear witness to the influence of civilization, transforming the alpine landscape--once the paradigm of an aesthetics of the sublime--into a trivial theme park governed by the laws of consumption. In Titlis, Niedermayr's camera captures the aura of a mountain landscape that is no longer just a mountain landscape but a legend. The alpine setting in which the puppet-like figures of tourists appear are shaped by these clichés and bold idealizations of nature to such a great extent that subjective perception and feelings become mere platitudes. If Jean Baudrillard were a tourist in the Alps with a knack for taking pictures, these are the images he would make.
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Artwork by Walter Niedermayr. Text by Franz Xaver Baier, Marion Piffer-Damiani.
Whether Walter Niedermayr takes pictures in the openness of a lonely alpine landscape or in the tightly controlled, cramped conditions of a closed institution, the concrete topographical references in his pictures always evaporate. Characterized by a diffuse light that illuminates spaces and colors, stretched between the visible and the invisible, his photographs reveal the various subtle qualities of spaces, from sober eeriness to poetic delimitation. The artist confronts the viewer with the expansive imagery of a photographic series that has neither beginning nor end, offering views of space as seen through the life of passengers and inmates, hospital workers and waiting room attendants. This new book of Niedermayr's photographs features, for the first time, a selection of works from different series, including his views of hospitals, prisons, motorways and construction sites, and the alpine vistas that first brought him to international attention.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Artwork by Walter Niedermayr. Edited by Carl Aigner, Andrea Domesle. Text by Martin Prinzhorn.
Known for his alpine landscapes, Walter Niedermayr here turns to a different subject: hospital interiors. Starting in the main lobby and moving throughout the entire institution, via waiting rooms, operating chambers, nursery wards, and the morgue, Niedermayr's uncannily intimate images act as a silent guide through a familiar space.
PUBLISHER WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 11 x 8.5 in. / 79 pgs / 68 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 10/2/2002 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: SPRING 2003
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783950115796SDNR30 LIST PRICE: $20.00 CDN $25.00
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