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.