Walter Niedermayr (Italian, born )

Walter Niedermayr (Italian, b.1952) is an architectural photographer who is known for detached photographs of alpine environments. Niedermayr was born in Bolzano, Italy, and originally trained in a variety of areas, including computer science, technical drawing, and electrical engineering. He developed an interest in filming and began to work with photography in 1970.

Since 1988, Niedermayr has held both individual and group exhibitions. His exhibitions have been held in Italy, Austria, Germany, England, Spain, France, and the United States. Among his most notable works is the 1992 series Die Bleichen Berge. This series is comprised of expansive black-and-white and color photographs of the Dolomites. In 1993, the series was shown at the AR/GE Kunstgalerie Museum in Bolzano. Niedermayr's work was also exhibited in the Museum für Gestaltung in 1994, and his exhibition went on tour in Austria and France. He was presented with the European Photography Award in 1995.

Three years later, Niedermayr photographed a series of urbanized alpine landscapes known as Reservate des Augenblicks.These works epitomize Niedermayr's continued interest in the alpine world, while reflecting his ability to observe from both an emotional and physical distance. As part of his continued investigation of the relationship between alpine environments and man, he also examined the changes wrought as a result of the increasing amounts of mass tourism in mountainous environments. These changes have often focused on the specific effects of such tourism. Among the most important elements of Niedermayr's photographs is the depiction of man being lost against a mountainous backdrop. He has also become known for producing panoramic mountainous views presented in fragments rather than whole photographs. His scenes are often seen as diptychs or sometimes triptychs. Human figures often play an important role in his works and are frequently presented as miniature figures against a vast natural expanse. Niedermayr continues to live and work in Bolzano, Italy.

Timeline

1952
Born in Bozen, Italy, where he lives
1952
Born in Bozen, Italy
Lives in Bozen

Exhibitions

2011–2012
Architectural Environments for Tomorrow, Museum for Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Alpine Desire; Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA
2011
Walter Niedermayr 2005-2010, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy (solo)
2010
People meet in Architecture, 12th Architecture Biennale, Arsenale, Venice
2009–2010
Vanishing Landscapes, Galerie Ruzicska, Salzburg, Asutria
2006
The Robert Miller Gallery, New York
2005
Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan (solo)
2005
Berg – ich liebe Dich, ich hasse Dich, Ancien Pénitencier, Sion
2005
Trans Emilia - Sammlung Linea di Confine: Territoriales Erkunden der Emilia-Romagna. Fotomuseum Winterthur
2005
Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milano (solo)
2005
Berg – ich liebe Dich, ich hasse Dich, Ancien Pénitencier, Sion
2005
Trans Emilia - Sammlung Linea di Confine: Territoriales Erkunden der Emilia-Romagna. Fotomuseum Winterthur
2004
Weisse Wunderware Schnee, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
2004
Yet Untitled – Die Sammlung Bernd F. Künne, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nurnberg
2004
Museion - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen (solo)
2004
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (solo)
2004
Weisse Wunderware Schnee, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
2004
Yet Untitled – Die Sammlung Bernd F. Künne, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg
2004
MUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen (solo)
2004
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (solo)
2003
Kunsthalle Wien (solo)
2003
Kunstverein Hannover (solo)
2003
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (solo)
2003
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (solo)
2003
Galerie Solverget, Stavanger (solo)
2003
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (solo)
2003
natürlich gebaut - Die Landschaft zwischen Konstruktion und Narration, Helmhaus Zürich
2003
L'idea di paesaggio nella fotografia italiana dal 1850 ad oggi, Modena per la Fotografia, ed. Comune di Modena Galleria Civica
2003
Des voisinages, Le Plateau Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d'île-de-France
2003
Kunsthalle Wien (solo)
2003
Kunstverein Hannover (solo)
2003
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (solo)
2003
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (solo)
2003
Galerie Solverget, Stavanger (solo)
2003
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (solo)
2003
natürlich gebaut - Die Landschaft zwischen Konstruktion und Narration, Helmhaus Zurich
2003
L'idea di paesaggio nella fotografia italiana dal 1850 ad oggi, Modena per la Fotografia, ed. Comune di Modena Galleria Civica
2003
Des voisinages, Le Plateau Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d'île-de-France
2002
Der Berg, Heidelberger Kunstverein
2002
Paysages, 4e Biennale d'Art Contemporain
2002
Mo(u)numental, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
2002
Stanze II, MUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen
2002
L'Art d'aujourd'hui: un choix dans la collection du FNAC, Musée de Grenoble
2002
The Politics of Place, Bildmuseet, Umeå; Edsvik Konst och Kultur, Stockholm; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Länsmuseum Västernorrlands, Härnösand
2002
Camere con vista, Filatoio di Caraglio, Cuneo
2002
Le Bâti et le vivant: semaines européennes de l'image 2002, Chapelle du Rham, Luxembourg
2002
Der Berg, Heidelberger Kunstverein
2002
Le Bâti et le vivant: semaines européennes de l'image 2002, Chapelle du Rham, Luxembourg
2002
Stanze II, MUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen
2002
Camere con vista, Filatoio di Caraglio, Cuneo
2002
The Politics of Place, Bildmuseet, Umeå; Edsvik Konst och Kultur, Stockholm; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Länsmuseum Västernorrlands, Härnösand
2002
L'Art d'aujourd'hui: un choix dans la collection du FNAC, Musée de Grenoble
2002
Paysages, 4e Biennale d'Art Contemporain, Enghien-les-Bains
2002
Mo(u)numental, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
2001
An Eye for the City, University Art Museum, Albuquerque
2001
Conversation(s), Musée Départemental de Gap, Marseille
2001
The Waste Land, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst der Österreichischen Galerie Belvedere, Atelier Augarten, Vienna
2001
Art Unlimited, Basel
2001
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (solo)
2001
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (solo)
2001
An Eye for the City, University Art Museum, Albuquerque
2001
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (solo)
2001
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (solo)
2001
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna (solo)
2001
Art Unlimited, Basel
2001
Belvedere, Atelier Augarten, Wien
2000
Antimemory, Yokohama Museum of Art
2000
Centre pour l'Image Contemporaine, Genève (solo)
2000
Koyanagi Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
2000
Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2000
Rupertinum, museum der moderne salzburg (solo)
2000
A Place I Have Never Been to, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
2000
Centre pour l'Image Contemporaine, Geneva (solo)
2000
Koyanagi Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
2000
Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2000
Rupertinum, museum der moderne salzburg (solo)
2000
Antimemory, Yokohama Museum of Art
1999
Robert Miller Gallery, New York (solo)
1999
Ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum Bozen (solo)
1999
Musée Château d'Annecy et Observatoire Régional des Lacs Alpins, Annecy (solo)
1999
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (solo)
1999
Robert Miller Gallery, New York (solo)
1999
Ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum Bozen (solo)
1999
Musée Château d'Annecy et Observatoire Régional des Lacs Alpins, Annecy (solo)
1999
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (solo)
1999
CCA Canadian Center of Architecture, Montréal
1998
White Cube Gallery, London (solo)
1998
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (solo)
1998
Centre Photographique d'île-de-France, Pontault Combault (solo)
1998
White Cube Gallery, London (solo)
1998
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (solo)
1998
Centre Photographique d'île-de-France, Pontault Combault (solo)
1997
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (solo)
1997
Kunstverein Ulm (solo)
1997
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (solo)
1996
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (solo)
1996
Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin (solo)
1995
Phantasma und Phantome, Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz (solo)

Literature

2010
Walter Niedermayr Recollection, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
2009
Walter Niedermayr/HG Merz: Station Z—Memorial Sachsenhausen / book edited by HG Merz and Walter Niedermayr, text by Andrzej Szczypiorski, epilogue by HG Merz and Walter Niedermayr, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag