Since the 80s Walter Niedermayr has been investigating the relationship between man and the mountain environment. In addition, his focus is on the huge modification of the territory due to the growing phenomenon of mass tourism and its effects which have become evident both in terms of human presence and the building of infrastructure. Apparently spectacular, these works create in the viewer a sort of disorientation, leading to questions about landscape perception and the effects of human action on the natural setting. In his series about Iran, Niedermayr sought to bring into focus the history of an advanced culture along with the current state of this fascinating country. How is a 5,000-year-old cultural history expressed in the present? In his serial works, he investigates the Western-influenced developments of the Iranian landscape since the Islamic revolution of 1979 and the relationship of this landscape with the cultural sites and architecture of ancient Persia, pointing out possible connections between past and present.
Published on occasion of the solo exhibition Walter Niedermayr 2005-2010, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena 2011, curated by Filippo Maggia and Francesca Lazzarini.
Texts: Sigrid Hauser and Filippo Maggia
Interview: Andrea Cossu
Design: Mevis & Van Deursen, Amsterdam
Languages: Italian and English
Editors: Filippo Maggia and Francesca Lazzarini
Publisher: Skira, Milano
110 Pages, 40 Works
25.00 x 28.50 cm
Available at Fondazione Fotografia Modena.