In Love with Beauty

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In Love with Beauty offers an unprecedented chronological overview of the legendary Walter Pfeiffer, spanning four decades of photographic eroticism and wit, classical serenity and ornamental playfulness, artifice and immediacy. Initially a painter, draughtsman and graphic designer, Pfeiffer used photographs as aide-memoirs for large-scale Photorealist pencil drawings, but quickly developed a genuine passion for photography and, inspired by a Warholesque cast of handsome drifters and stylish women, began to ...
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In Love with Beauty offers an unprecedented chronological overview of the legendary Walter Pfeiffer, spanning four decades of photographic eroticism and wit, classical serenity and ornamental playfulness, artifice and immediacy. Initially a painter, draughtsman and graphic designer, Pfeiffer used photographs as aide-memoirs for large-scale Photorealist pencil drawings, but quickly developed a genuine passion for photography and, inspired by a Warholesque cast of handsome drifters and stylish women, began to evolve a trademark style. His breakthrough as a photographer came with a series of images of a young man in drag that was included in Jean-Christophe Amman's seminal Transformer exhibition of 1974, which year also saw Pfeiffer's first solo photo exhibition, reproduced here for the first time. His eponymous 1981 monograph conveyed a cheeky eroticism and a raw immediacy well suited to the Punk movement, also prefiguring the diaristic photography of the 1990s. For most of the 1980s, Pfeiffer immersed himself in the project that culminated in Das Auge, die Gedanken, unentwegt wandernd, a series of close-up portraits of young men. Pfeiffer dedicated himself to drawing for a number of years, returning to photography only in the late 1990s. In Love with Beauty proves that he has remained as youthful and exuberant as ever.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783865218704
  • Publisher: Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Urs Stahel: On Beauty and Exhilaration 33

Jean-Christophe Ammann: The Feminine Infiltrates the Masculine 39

Martin Jaeggi: The Eye Is a Lonely Hunter 45

Carlo Joh., 1974 56

Exhibition at Galerie Li Tobler, 1974 70

The Seventies 83

Chez Walti, 1977 164

Voices of Beda Achermann, Bruce Benderson, Manolo Blahnik, AA Bronson, Bice Cudger 168

The Eighties 175

The Eye, Thoughts, unabatedly Wandering, 1986 232

Voices of Markus Ebner, Gianni Jetzer, Didier Lestrade, Bob Nickas, Ben Reardon, Nicolas Trembley, John Waters 238

Since Two Thousand 249

The Hunt for Happiness, Walter Pfeiffer tells Patrick Frey a few things from his life 319

Colophon 346

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