Walter Pfeiffer – Zeichnungen 1966-2017


The Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer actually began his artistic career as a draftsman. His drawings are not widely known, and have rarely been seen. This volume is an overdue overview of his graphic work. In the early 1970s Pfeiffer produced large-scale hyper-realistic pencil drawings that served as points of departure and even working models for his photographs. This style gave rise to personal works as well as Pfeiffer’s legendary posters for the Zürich Filmpodium, magazine illustrations and commissioned portraits. His drawings are characterised by a cheerful, wakeful sensuality, sure lines and alternation between graphic reduction and a taste for rich ornamentation. This publication is not a conventional retrospective, but a stand-alone artist’s book in which to discover the vivacity of his drawings and a new Walter Pfeiffer.

384 pages, hardcover, 32 x 25 cm, Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich)