Arnold Odermatt: Karambolage
By: Urs Odermatt (editor)Hardback
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This is the new and revised edition of Arnold Odermatt's acclaimed book, first published in 2003. With thoroughness and meticulous attention to detail, Swiss police officer Arnold Odermatt photographed automobile accidents on the streets of the Swiss Canton Nidwalden, documenting accident scenes and property damage during his 40-year career. In his photos the drivers have gone and the victims have been removed. All thats left are the wrecked cars that tell the stories of excessive speed, drunk driving, right-of-way errors and plain foolishness. The de-formed steel takes on a malleable quality. The cars become sculptures that show the sudden end to many hopes and dreams, the intrusion of the unforeseen into well-regulated daily life. What results from the picture-taking policemans official work is a selection of melancholic, sometimes funny and always strange atmospheric photos of our mobile society.
Arnold Odermatt, born in Oberdorf, Switzerland, in 1925, joined the police force in 1948 and retired in 1990 with the rank of first lieutenant, chief of traffic police and vice commandant of the Nidwalden Police Department. Harald Szeemann exhibited the Odermatt photography at the 49th biannual art festival in Venice. In 2002, James Rondeau showed them in a one-man exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Urs Odermatt, born in Stans in 1955, studied direction and screenwriting with Krzysztof Kieslowski and works as a film and theater director. Since 1993, he has been publishing his father's work.
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