Peter Mathis | Bergwelten

Peter Mathis | Bergwelten


Exhibition runs from 30 November, 2018 – 02 February, 2019

The well-known photographer returns to Petra Gut Contemporary with stunning new mountain imagery from Switzerland

Photographer Peter Mathis gave us something quite remarkable in a recent interview: “Sure, I shoot a few fine pictures every year. But for me, that’s not really what it’s all about. Much more, I want to pursue my effort, not just to take a good picture, but to take what is an extraordinary picture… an image that will stay with the viewer in his or her collective memory.”

Peter Mathis, Maloja, Switzerland

Peter Mathis, Maloja, Switzerland, Pigment print on baryt paper, 52 x 70 ed. 10│100 x 135 ed. 5 © Artist

The pictures Peter Mathis is exhibiting here in Zurich show the many layers in which he has captured the truly extraordinary over the years. There is a startling variety in the work of the prize-winning Austrian photographer, who unites the different approaches and thematic material of his work hitherto – to go far beyond the definition of a sports and nature photographer.

Over the course of an almost 30-year career, Peter Mathis has always continued to both broaden his visual scope and to hone it carefully. That begins at the formal level: primarily black-and-white shots are featured in the exhibition. At the same time, the photographer clearly defines his story’s focus, drawing European landscape more and more into the center of his work

Peter Mathis, Silvretta 1, Switzerland, 2018

Peter Mathis, Silvretta 1, Switzerland, 2018, pigment print on baryt paper, 52 x 70 cm, ed. 10 | 100 x 135 cm ed. 5 © Artist

What is most fascinating about Peter Mathis’s work is that while the landscapes are absolutely true to life, they could never − thanks to their unique perspective and representation− be taken as a cliché for a region. Mathis exposes a kind of beauty that is theoretically open to all, but that is offered up as a visual thanks only to his tireless pursuit of the extraordinary motif.

Peter Mathis’s new works reflect a wide variety of forms in nature, both large and small. “My photographs are always about dimensions,” he has said. For persuit of scale is the singular characteristic shared by all the works of this detail-oriented Austrian, a man who stands among nature photographers as one who promotes a unique and expanded definition of “broadening horizons.”

Text: Jan Kirsten Biener

Mathis’ photographs appear in private and public collections around the world, and he has published 22 photography books. In Sweden he was awarded the title of Hasselblad Master in 2007, and the following year he won the Master of European Photography from the Association of European Professional Photographers in Belgium.

About Petra Gut Contemporary
Petra Gut Contemporary was founded in 2016 in the heart of Zurich with the focus on photography, conceptual and minimal art in different medias.

Petra Gut Contemporary will host an opening reception on 29 November, 2018 from 6 – 8pm with an exclusive Q&A and guided tour with artist Peter Mathis.

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