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Walter Pfeiffer

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"Imagine an optical device designed to project—and then to trace—a virtual image of desire onto the plane surface of everyday life. That would be Walter Pfeiffer's libidinal camera lucida. Since the late 60s, beginning in his native Zurich, Pfeiffer has sought (and caught) images of youth and beauty as if on an endless quest, the avocation of the entwined hedonism and reportage its own reward. And ours. It's a quest others have pursued before and since: Pfeiffer is heir to photographers such as Wilhelm von Gloeden and Herbert List and the painter Paul Cadmus as well as a contemporary of Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Peter Hujar. Pfeiffer … has been exploring the eroticized territory of the everyday for more than 30 years, and this is where we find many younger photographers working today, most notably Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Terry Richardson, and Ryan McGinely. Possibly the least well known of all these artists, Walter Pfeiffer remains a central but elusive figure."

Bob Nickas, excerpted from the chapter "Camera Libido: The Photography of Walter Pfeiffer," published in Nickas' essential essay collection, Theft is Vision.

     

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Walter Pfeiffer: Films

JRP|RINGIER
Edited by Nicolas Trembley.

Boxed, DVD Video, PAL Multizone, 5.5 x 7.5 in. | 8/15/2006 | Not available
ISBN 9783905701814 | $45.00


Walter Pfeiffer: 1970-1980

JRP|RINGIER
Photographs by Walter Pfeiffer.

Paperback, 8.25 x 11.75 in. / 96 pgs / 96 bw. | 3/15/2005 | In stock
ISBN 9782940271382 | $25.00


WALTER PFEIFFER - SCRAPBOOK 1969-1985

IDEA

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ISBN 9783905929256 | $127.00


  

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Walter Pfeiffer: Night and Day

HATJE CANTZ
Edited by Markus Bosshard, Christoph Doswald, Jürg Trösch, Dorothea Strauss.

Paperback, 9.5 x 13.5 in. / 142 pgs / 88 color / 25 bw. | 6/1/2007 | Not available
ISBN 9783775719575 | $50.00


Walter Pfeiffer: Night and DayWalter Pfeiffer: Night and Day

Published by Hatje Cantz.
Edited by Markus Bosshard, Christoph Doswald, Jürg Trösch, Dorothea Strauss.

This oversized, supersexy monograph features the most recent work of the cult photographer Walter Pfeiffer, also known as an artist, poster designer, playwright and filmmaker. Pfeiffer has been shuttling back and forth for years between the visual worlds of art and lifestyle. Whether he is picturing a pile of shiny silver film canisters or a young man doing a handstand in his underwear, Pfeiffer's photographs always convey a distinct, often homoerotic, sensuality. When working with models, he spends long hours developing a melancholic, seductive atmosphere that has been called somnambulant, even as he avoids any trace of the voyeuristic or crude. He is also able to locate everyday moments that express a youthful joi de vivre, giving ordinary objects and subjects a new chance at glamour, dignity or beauty.

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HATJE CANTZ

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Paperback, 9.5 x 13.5 in. / 142 pgs / 88 color / 25 bw.

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PUB DATE 6/1/2007
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Walter Pfeiffer: FilmsWalter Pfeiffer: Films

Published by JRP|Ringier.
Edited by Nicolas Trembley.

Walter Pfeiffer began practicing photography in the 1970s with no technical ambition, but with the will to provide a new visual vocabulary for beauty, eroticism and freedom of spirit. His work gained its initial recognition through an underground network of admirers, and today it has achieved cult status. (In a 2003 Artforum review, Bob Nickas wrote: 'Imagine an optical device designed to project--and then to trace--a virtual image of desire onto the plane surface of everyday life. That would be Walter Pfeiffer's libidinal camera lucida. Since the late 6os÷Pfeiffer has sought (and caught) images of youth and beauty as if on an endless quest, the avocation of entwined hedonism and reportage its own reward. And ours.')Over the time that Pfeiffer spent exploring the sexualization of the everyday in that work, he also directed several videos showing his friends hanging out in his Zurich studio. For the very first time, these rare and funny scenes, Music for Millions (1977) Kawasaki Cut (1985) and The Plaza (1985-2001) have here been compiled on DVD. Their release provides the occasion to reassess Pfeiffer's pioneering positions both in contemporary art and in the culture at large.

PUBLISHER
JRP|RINGIER

BOOK FORMAT
Boxed, DVD Video, PAL Multizone, 5.5 x 7.5 in.

PUBLISHING STATUS
PUB DATE 8/15/2006
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CATALOG: FALL 2006 p. 136   

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Walter Pfeiffer: 1970-1980Walter Pfeiffer: 1970-1980

Published by JRP|Ringier.
Photographs by Walter Pfeiffer.

Full-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 a template for today's magazine imagery.

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JRP|RINGIER

BOOK FORMAT
Paperback, 8.25 x 11.75 in. / 96 pgs / 96 bw.

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PUB DATE 3/15/2005
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CATALOG: SPRING 2005 p. 75   

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WALTER PFEIFFER - SCRAPBOOK 1969-1985WALTER PFEIFFER - SCRAPBOOK 1969-1985

Published by Idea.

Walter Pfeiffers Scrapbooks are a very unique Wunderkammer. His Polaroids and other photographs alternate with miscellaneous objects newspaper clippings, postcards, packaging, tickets and brief, punning notes. All of this is assembled into a large collage full of surprising references and comparisons that is both a visual diary and creative foundation of his artistic work. Pfeiffers keen view on popular culture, his disrespectful humour, and his appreciation for the poetry in the mundane and banal are all sharply revealed. Offering insight into his meandering and playful universe, they capture the zeitgeist of the 1970s and 80s with ephemeral elegance.

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