Pretty Things: Walter Pfeiffer


We know what today is, and we know that horrific images of mass murder are everywhere. If you’re looking for a little escape, do yourself a favor and check out the work of photographer, Walter Pfeiffer. Swiss-born Pfeiffer turns his lense on “the beauties,” as he calls young, attractive men. Pfeiffer’s works highlight both an aesthetic wonder and emotional truth: his subjects often appear bewildered and keenly aware of their sexual prowess.

Growing up in a small village, Pfeiffer moved to Zurich during the 1960s. While there, he discovered the vibrant nightlife, a scene from which he drew many of his early subjects. Following art school, Pfeiffer worked as a window dresser. That career was short-lived, however, and soon after Pfeiffer concentrated on his photography. After receiving many kudos in the 1970s and 1980s, Pfeiffer’s star faded for a little while, rejuvenated by the release of a new collection in 2001, Welcome Aboard. If you want to read a little more about Pfeiffer, we recommend his interview with our friends over at Butt. But, of course, if you don’t really care what he has to say, do a little digging for more of his images. You’ll like what you find.

“Switzerland’s Most Fabulous Artist… [Butt Magazine]