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Peter Pfrunder, Iwan Schumacher - Paare / Couples
A collection of photographs of couples, as evocative as they are mysterious.
Back in 2015, Swiss filmmaker Iwan Schumacher began collecting photographs of couples who seem oblivious to the camera, either because they're on familiar terms with the photographer or don't even realize they're being observed. Coincidentally, Peter Pfrunder, director of the Swiss Foundation for Photography, had long envisioned putting together an exhibition of photographs of couples. So it was only natural for the two of them to team up to produce a book.  
The couples portrayed in Paare / Couples are of various types, durations and gender combinations. Each picture is complete unto itself and shows something happening between the two subjects; each sets a different film in motion in the viewer's imagination, a before and after, which nevertheless remain a matter of delightful speculation – the mystery of the image remains forever veiled. Although Paare / Couples gives visible, almost palpable expression to a wide range of human emotions, the book doesn't claim to show a photo-historically representative selection of people from all walks of life. It is, instead, a score gleefully and liberally composed by two photophiles, an eclectic assortment of stills that seem to be drawn from as many different motion pictures, but can be spliced together to form a new multi-threaded mosaic film.
Peter Pfrunder (born 1959 in Singapore) studied literature in Zürich, Berlin and Montpellier. He has been director and curator of the Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur since 1998. He is the author and editor of numerous monographic and thematic publications on the history of photography.
Iwan Schumacher (born 1947 in Lucerne, Switzerland, lives in Zurich) studied photography at Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich. He teached photography at the Bath Academy of Art, England. Since 1972 he works as cinematographer, screenwriter, producer and director. Cofounder of Schumacher & Frey GmbH, since 2004 he mainly produces and directs portraits of Swiss artists.
Edited by Peter Pfrunder and Iwan Schumacher.

Graphic designer: Teo Schifferli.
2024 (publication expected by 2nd quarter)
bilingual edition (English / German)
18,8 x 23,5 cm (hardcover)
228 pages (110 ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-907236-69-7
EAN : 9783907236697
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