Walter Pfeiffer finally reveals the art that became his seminal photographs

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Before being known as a photographer, Walter Pfeiffer took pictures so he could paint from them. It turned out that the Swiss artist had a generational talent with a camera, becoming hugely influential in photography and creating fashion imagery, his gritty naturalism predating Juergen Teller and Ryan McGinley. But Pfeiffer, who began his career as a commercial draftsman, never stopped drawing and painting, and he finally published Bildrausch. Drawings 1966 – 2018, a collection of his art during his career published by Edition Patrick Frey. The subjects are familiar to those familiar with Pfeiffer’s seminal work: erotic portraits of young men, flowers, the Swiss landscape, seen only through another medium. The collection both illuminates Pfeiffer’s photography career – for which he was just honored in a special tribute last Thursday at the Swiss Institute’s annual benefit evening in New York – and looks completely new, to be continued, hopefully.

1984, LP cover according to the original drawing. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

1991, ink on paper. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

1984, gouache on paper. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

1985, pencil on paper. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

1986, gouache on paper. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

Left: 1984, gouache on paper. Right: 1984, private photograph. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

1983, gouache on paper. 1986, wax crayon on paper. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

1987, wax crayon on paper. Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

Walter Pfeiffer. Courtesy of Patrick Frey editions.

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