From the bookshelf: Klaus Pichler - 'Dust' / by Alex Bamford

 

I've worked with many photographers who sell themselves on being able to make the ordinary look extraordinary, or as we used to say, "a pile of shit but beautifully lit". Klaus Plchler has taken this to the next level. For 2 years he painstakingly collected samples of dust, fluff and grime from various locations around his home in Vienna and photographed them in minute detail.

There is much humour in his choice of locations, everything from Vienna's rival football clubs to police stations and swinger clubs. Together they create a cross section of society, a typology of dust, in it's various shapes and forms. 

The resulting book has the same painstaking attention to detail - rough felt boards, flocked title and great printing makes an overall wonderful and more than unique book - there’s a lot of filth and dirt in the art-world, but Klaus manages to make art out of dirt.

You can read more and order the book here 

 
 Dust #86 : Soccer Club's Fanstore No.2 ©Klaus Pichler

Dust #86 : Soccer Club's Fanstore No.2
©Klaus Pichler

 Dust #87: Natural History Museum No.2 ©Klaus Pichler

Dust #87: Natural History Museum No.2
©Klaus Pichler

 Dust #08: Tailor No.1 ©Klaus Pichler

Dust #08: Tailor No.1
©Klaus Pichler

 Dust #37: Ethno Fashion Store ©Klaus Pichler

Dust #37: Ethno Fashion Store
©Klaus Pichler

 Dust #86: Fine Art Photo Gallery ©Klaus Pichler

Dust #86: Fine Art Photo Gallery
©Klaus Pichler

 Dust #82: Police Station ©Klaus Pichler

Dust #82: Police Station
©Klaus Pichler