Peter Dressler. aus der Serie: "Eilboten", 1973
Invitation to the archive talk on the occasion of the exhibition
21 March 2017, 7 pm
FOTOHOF archive / Sparkassenstraße 2 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria
Rainer Iglar - Das fotografische Frühwerk
Kurt Kaindl - Der Nachlass: Archivieren und Sichtbarmachen
Michael Mauracher - Anmerkungen zum Film Sonderfahrt von Peter Dressler und Franz Zadrazil und Projektion des Originalfilmmaterials auf 16mm
The FOTOHOF archive is showing an exhibition from the estate of Peter Dressler, providing an exciting encounter with the artist and his work. Most of the works on show are from his early work dating back to the 1970s. They include the portfolio entitled Eilboten / Courier; the image templates for the work Der brave Sohn / The Good Son; a maquette with original photographs for the artist's book Zwischenspiel / Interlude; drafts for the publication Wiental; and photo concertina folds and work materials for the film Sonderfahrt / Special Service.
The exhibition retraces the origins of the artist's oeuvre: the first examples of motifs that would later become so famous, featuring role models that go back to his childhood; his artist’s film Sonderfahrt / Special Service (jointly with Franz Zadrazil), which is available for viewing in digital form on an iPad; and the first sketches and drafts of his photo books. Indeed, an artist's archive provides an opportunity to contrast drafts, materials, and early ideas with the mature artwork.