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Walter Niedermayr

Recollection, Walter Niedermayr

Recollection, Walter NiedermayrRecollection
Walter Niedermayr
Hatje Cantz
English, German and Farsi

Texts by Amir Hassan Cheheltan and Lars Mextorf.


Limited Edition of 20
170 pages
255 x 300 mm
ISBN 9783775727389


For this project the artist traveled to Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, and other smaller cities and historical sites in Iran between 2005 and 2008. There, contemporary cityscapes have evolved since the Islamic revolution of 1979. They are largely influenced by Western architecture and a dialogue with historical sites and cultural centres, which bring to light the long cultural history of the ancient Persian Empire. Could this be a starting point for a discussion about the current state of culture and architecture in Iranian society today? And how is it possible for a country to survive so many historical changes, be influenced by so many cultures, develop diverse architectural styles through the centuries that are recognised as significant cultural sites, and yet hardly draw on this heritage today? The works are marked by the beautiful illusion of so-called reality and the reality of the images and they invite a closer examination of the media while touching upon the limitations of the representational. This photobook was published as a part of the 12th Annual Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2012.

About the Artist
Since 1985, Walter Niedermayr has been working on projects in which he explores space as a human-occupied and designed reality. Spatial perception and room atmosphere in both open and closed rooms are recurring themes of his photographic and video works. Alpine regions and urban structures, architectures and industries, as well as prisons and hospitals, are continually the scene of his works.

About the Publisher
Hatje Cantz is a German book publisher specialising in photography, art, architecture and design. It was established in 1945 by Gerd Hatje and has offices in Stuttgart and Berlin. Hatje Cantz Verlag has a backlist of nearly 800 titles.

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