Arnold Odermatt | the artist




The artist Arnold Odermatt
Born 1925, Oberdorf, Switzerland.
Lives and works in Stans, Switzerland.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography,


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Fünfzig Jahre lang dokumentierte Arnold Odermatt Verkehrsunfälle auf den Straßen des Schweizer Kantons Niwalden. Der ehemalige Oberleutnant war Polizeifotograf, seine Bilder dienten der Beweisaufnahme. Handwerkliche Präzision betrachtete er als das A und O seines Berufs: „Ein gutes Foto ist scharf, man muss alles darauf sehen, was man möchte“, lautet Odermatts Credo.
Photographs by retired Swiss police officer Arnold Odermatt
…Essentially, the intentionality behind these photographs is obscure. Odermatt is not a chronicler or cataloguer in the mould of a Becher, Strüth or Ruff. He does not appear to be interested in the idea of accident or randomness, as an artist might be. There is no unifying principle to provide a clue as to what exactly we learn from them, unless of course, we are being warned to drive more carefully…


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