Born in 1946
Lives & works in Zurich.
An underground classic for years, Walter Pfeiffer has developed a unique blend of eroticism and wit, classical serenity and ornamental playfulness, artifice and immediacy that has begun to garner major international attention in the past few years. He started photography in the 70’s without any technical ambition, but the will to provide a new visual vocabulary for beauty, and freedom of life. Pfeiffer began to carve out his trademark style that testifies to both his desire for timeless beauty and his precise observation of the permutations of fashion and style. His breakthrough as a photographer was a series of images of a young man in drag that was included in Jean-Christophe Amman’s seminal “Transformer” exhibition in 1974, the same year as Pfeiffer’s first solo photo exhibition, a series of assemblages of photographs and fabrics, which will be shown for the first time since 1974.
Walter Pfeiffer, 2022, Swiss Institute, New York, US
© Daniel Pérez
Doppio, installation view, Museum zu Allerheiligen, 2020
Orlando, installation view, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 2020, Courtesy McEvoy Foundation for the Arts,
© Henrik Kam
Walter Pfeiffer, installation view, galerie sultana, jan 2019 © emmanuel lagarrigue
Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, exhibition view / vue d’exposition, Barbican Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2018 © Justin Piperger
«Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars», Exhibition view, galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich.
Paris Internationale, installation view, 2017
« Send me no Flowers », installation view, Sultana, 2016
Frieze New York with Galerie Sultana, 2015.
Galerie Sultana, Paris, 2013
« In Love with Beauty », Rétrospective Fotomuseum Winterthur, Suisse, 2011
Galerie Sultana, Paris, 2008
« Tom Burr / Walter Pfeiffer », Swiss Institute, New York, 2007.
« Plus ou moins jeunes », Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, 2004.
Frieze London 2021. London, United Kingdom
Independent Art Fair. New York, USA