Bildrausch. Drawings 1966-2018


Drawings 1966-2018 

The previously unknown drawings of the 72-year-old Zurich photographer Walter Pfeiffer are presented in a large-format picture book with extremely colourful covers that stands out for its conceptual and virtuoso image editing. The large reproductions of the drawings from over 50 years in a range of techniques are mostly placed alone or in twos on a double page, depending on format, to create a linear sequence that is largely chronological but also incorporates time jumps and repetitions. There are also moments of mise en abyme, with the introduction of one- or two-page photos of the drawings in spatial situations and Pfeiffer at work on them. In art books such photos can often appear mundane, but here they contribute to a captivating narrative correlation of individual and work that is underscored at the end by short commentaries from Pfeiffer on individual drawings. The typography, which is completely absent on the image pages, employs an unusual combination of three typefaces, including a Eurostile. The design is not imposed on the works but rather combined with them to create a single entity. The lithography, printing and, in particular, the use of colour are exceptional.

Walter Pfeiffer, Zürich
Marietta Eugster, Zürich
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich