Walter Pfeiffer

Walter Pfeiffer was born in Switzerland, and has been producing since the 1970s, photographing friends and strangers in visceral and corporeal portraits right on the border of realism and glamour. Born in Switzerland, Walter Pfeiffer lives and works in Zurich. He belongs to a generation of photographers who, unaware of one another, began producing a body of work which handled notions of intimacy and gender, and would change our perception of realism in photography: Nan Goldin, Nobuyoshi Araki and Walter Pfeiffer. The first American, the second Japanese, the third a Swiss, their representations of caged desire and portrayals of human relationships as intricate nets of dependency have imprinted themselves in the minds of younger generations. Their work not only dramatically conveyed our exchange of emotions and body fluids with others, but provided us with new perspectives for the preservation of subjectivity in a political and economical system which robs us of our intimacy. And these artists created such strong sense of self by stripping naked their own privacy. Araki called it "I-Photography", whose latest book is called "Self, Life, Death", while Goldin would give such names to her books as "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", exposing her love and life with the generosity only a great artist possesses. Walter Pfeiffer has finally been discovered by a larger audience and set as the forerunner to many photographers working the borders of gender in the past 20 years, such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Heinz Peter Knes, Ryan McGinley or Slava Mogutin. His books include "Walter Pfeiffer 1970 - 1980" and the recent "Night and Day".