Title: Walter Niedermayr : Titlis
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Illustrated Boards
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
95 pp. 40 colour plates. Essay by Martin Prinzhorn. Exhibition history. Bibliography. Bilingual German / English edition. A 360 degree panorama taken from the top of the Titlis glacier, the highest point in Switzerland in which the focus of the photographer has shifted from the landscape to the tourist groups engaged in observing the views. Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. Silver paper covered boards with pasted down colour plate on front panel. Stamped titles printed in white on front panel and backstrip. Slight shelf wear to boards otherwise very good condition. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005619
Synopsis: This selection of 40 medium-format color photographs by Walter Niedermayr transports us into the world of perpetual ice--to Mount Titlis, the glacier which rises proudly above the boundaries of space and time, 3,000 meters above sea level in the Swiss Alps. Only the human figures in colorful leisure attire which populate this alpine Shangri-la bear witness to the influence of civilization, transforming the alpine landscape--once the paradigm of an aesthetics of the sublime--into a trivial theme park governed by the laws of consumption. In Titlis, Niedermayr's camera captures the aura of a mountain landscape that is no longer just a mountain landscape but a legend. The alpine setting in which the puppet-like figures of tourists appear are shaped by these cliches and bold idealizations of nature to such a great extent that subjective perception and feelings become mere platitudes. If Jean Baudrillard were a tourist in the Alps with a knack for taking pictures, these are the images he would make.
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