RECOLLECTING IRAN • Walter Niedermayr 'Recollection' : the beauty of Iranian architecture and its history
Miles away from crises and current debates on stoning in Iran, Walter Niedermayr captures a politically natural view of the architectural beauty of a country silenced by its own government. The photographer travelled to Iran between 2005 and 2008. His stops included Teheran, Isfahan, Yazd, Schiraz, small towns and historical sites.
Walter uses his signatures soft aesthetic approach – which many will recognise from his Alpine images – to photograph Iranian architecture, its history, its interrelations and questions their cultural context. The fruits if his labour are collected in ‘Recollection’, published by Hatje Cantz.
As with his winter landscapes, the light colour composition of his photographs takes them beyond a purely documentary style and towards that of narrative. ‘Recollection’ could refer to the photographer’s memories of his travels or also the recollection of Tehran as a modern metropolis, which has rejected its traditional face in many respects. The city has been making fundamental changes since the 1930s. Iranian and foreign architects have created a contemporary conversation of shapes and oriental tradition, which was only ever interrupted by the 1979 Revolution…
Niedermayr was born in 1952, Bozen. He first gained recognition for his photo series of Alpine landscapes, architecture and infrastructures.
The book will be presented at the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice, from 29 August until 21 November 2010. It is one of the most important international architecture exhibitions in Europe.
Recollection, published by Hatje Cantz, is out now.
Walter Niedermayr – Recollection
Design by Mevis & van Deursen,
by Walter Niedermayr