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Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer takes tongue-in-cheek snaps of friends, lovers, strangers, still life and scenery that still inspire a generation of photographers - Ryan McGinley, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans and Juergen Teller included. His images are the ultimate ode to an anti-photoshop movement of hyper-real; a little bit gritty, sometimes blurry and always beautiful. He first exhibited in 1974 at Transformer, a group show considering gender with other artists including Brian Eno, the New York Dolls and David Bowie submitting work. His 2001 book Welcome Aboard 1980-2000 saw Walter’s return to photography after a fifteen year hiatus spent drawing and painting. It was around the turn of the century that Walter turned international magazine collaborator and has since worked with Vogue, Butt, Self Service and, of course, i-D. In the Spring of 2010 Hyéres, The 25th annual international festival of fashion and photography, celebrated a career retrospective for Walter. Most recently he shot Georgia Jagger for the cover of The Royalty Issue, Pre-Spring 2012. He lives in Zurich.

I got into the industry via… the casting couch. 
Nobody knows that I… am gay. 
I first knew I was different when... i-D called. 
To me diversity means… the essence of life

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