A large retrospective of the Swiss cult photographer's work over two decades.
In 2001, Edition Patrick Frey published Welcome Aboard, a compilation of Walter Pfeiffer's photographs from 1980 to 2000. The book revealed Pfeiffer's importance as a pioneer of contemporary photography and laid the foundation for his rise from a classic "artist's artist" to a world-renowned artist who went on to work for international magazines like Vogue and shoot campaigns for luxury brands like Bottega Veneta. Chez Walti retraces the arc of this recent work over the past 23 years and shows how Pfeiffer ﬁne-tuned and renewed his photographic gaze, absorbing inﬂuences from the current zeitgeist even while remaining unmistakably himself in both his personal and commissioned work. Pfeiffer's light, witty touch and unfailing eye for beauty are the hallmarks of his gorgeous guys and cheeky gals, lush still lifes and bucolic landscapes, chic fashion and bare skin. Chez Walti catapults us into Walter Pfeiffer's weightless parallel universe, whose magic has intensiﬁed over the past two decades.
Walter Pfeiffer (born 1946 in Beggingen) is a Zurich-based photographer and graphic designer. He spent a great many years photographing for the underground gay zine scene. His breakthrough didn't come till the turn of the millennium, however, particularly after his book Welcome Aboard – Photographs 1980–2000 was published by Edition Patrick Frey in 2001. Heir to photographers such as Wilhelm von Gloeden or Herbert List and to the painter Paul Cadmus, contemporary of Larry Clark, Nan Goldin or Peter Hujar, he has built a founding work for contemporary photography which has deeply marked the generations of Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans and Ryan McGinley. Pfeiffer's works can now be found at the Kunsthaus Zürich, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Bundeskunstsammlung Bern as well as in the Windsor Collection and Sir Elton John Photography Collection, among others.