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Walter Niedermayr: Reservate Des Augenblicks (Momentary Resorts)

Publisher: Ostfildern, Germany: Cantz Verlag, 1998
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 3893229620
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 105748



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, gray cloth-covered boards with title stamped in white on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Walter Niedermayr. Essays (in German and English) by Sigrid Hauser, Francesco Bonami and Guy Tortosa. Designed by Little Stars of Bethlehem (Manfred Veigl / Georg Wagenhuber), Vienna. Includes a list of plates, an exhibition history, bibliography and brief biographies on the contributors. 116 pp., with 98 four-color and 17 black-and-white plates. 11-1/4 x 13 inches. This first edition was limited to 2650 copies.

Published on the occasion of a traveling exhibition.

[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]


Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (small crease along lower front edge).


From the publisher: "Tram stations, ski runs and panoramic terraces - the Alps are a playground for winter sports fans and enthusiastic mountain climbers: a populated Alpine leisure park. In his tableaus from close-up photos Walter Niedermayr documents the effects of Alpine tourism on the mountain world. But his pictures on the 'injuries' to the landscape are by no means pure photographic depictions of reality; he works in a subtle way with minimal changes of angle and viewpoint, and uses scarcely perceptible alterations to combine individual pictures into disturbing photo arrangements, achieving an intensity of seeing. At the same time, Niedermayr's artistic, photographic eye captures the traces of the Alpine leisure industry as aesthetic signs and lines in the landscape. The moments of tension in his photos emerge not least from the individualistic ambivalence between the beautiful appearance of the composition and the knowledge of the vulnerability of the mountain world and the ecological danger it faces. Momentary Resorts [was] created during three years of research in the Alpine region."