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Walter Pfeiffer: 1970-1980 [Paperback]

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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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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2005
Publisher   JRP/Ringier
ISBN  2940271380  
ISBN13  9782940271382  

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More About Walter Pfeiffer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walter Pfeiffer, photographer, painter, and director, lives and works in Zurich. He has exhibited, among others, at the Kunstmuseum Luzern (1975), Kunstverein Frankfurt (1981), Institut fur Kunstgeschichte der Universitat Wien, Vienna (1983), Kunsthalle Basel (1987), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (1987), Kunstmuseum Berne (1989), International Drawing Triennale, Wroclaw (1995), Maritimen Museum, Stockholm (1999) and Kunsthaus Zurich (1999/2000).

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Reprint of a much sought book  Dec 1, 2007
This is a softcover reprint of a book that created a big stir when it originally came out. You could call it a portrait of young men of "the Zurich scene of Pfeiffer's friends hanging out in the studio" with a definite leaning towards the erotic.
Pfeiffer's "Alltag"  May 16, 2005
JRP/Ringier is to be highly commended for re-introducing the criminally overlooked work of Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer to a new generation of ardent admirers. This second edition of the painfully out-of-print cult classic is a faithful reprinting of the 1980 Elke Betzel original: same size, same format, same sequencing of full-bleed black and white photographs, even the same untranslated afterword. (Only two pages -- in English -- by the editors have been added to provide viewers a brief overview of the purpose underlying their project.) It will no doubt disappear as quickly from bookshelves as its progenitor did a quarter century ago.

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