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On Our Radar: Walter Pfeiffer


It does the great Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer no favors to suggest he’s a kind of proto-Terry Richardson—if anything, the debt is in the other direction—but suffice it to say, it’s hard to imagine the gritty, my-world-and-the-naked-young-friends-in-it style of Terry’s Diary without him. Pfeiffer toiled in relative obscurity for years, producing amazing, seemingly tossed-off snapshots of the kids hanging out at his studio for landmark gay collections like Walter Pfeiffer 1970-1980 and Das Auge, die Gedanken, unentwegt wandernd (The Eyes, the Thoughts, Ceaselessly Wandering). In more recent years, he’s been taken up by the fashion establishment—he shot an amazing series of guys and candy for Candy, and several seasons of Tilda Swinton for Pringle of Scotland’s campaigns—but much of his early work remains out of print or hard to track down. All the more reason to be cheerful that my friends at the London shop LN-CC rounded up some of the best—thanks to Conor Donlon, the mastermind of Donlon Books, who curates their bookshop as well as his own—most signed by Pfeiffer himself. The most recent, Scrapbooks 1969-1985 (top), is a cut-and-paste compendium of seemingly everything the photographer saw, from his own work to clippings from Women’s Wear Daily and obscure Swiss men’s fashion catalogs. Tumblr before Tumblr. But better.

The Walter Pfeiffer collection, along with an interview with the photographer, is now online at

Photos: Courtesy of LN-CC

Tilda Swinton And Walter Pfeiffer On Their New Pringle Of Scotland Campaign


Change is in the air at Pringle of Scotland, where Balenciaga alum Alistair Carr has taken the reins, following the departure of former creative director Clare Waight Keller. (Waight Keller herself, it was announced last week, is set to helm Chloé.) But not everyone at the Scottish luxury house is new. Tilda Swinton, a regular face and fan of the brand (she memorably worked with Ryan McGinley on a series of spots), is back to helm its Fall ’11 ad campaign, shot for the second season running by Walter Pfeiffer. The new images were lensed at the Glasgow School of Art, from which Swinton’s campaign co-star, Scottish artist Jim Lambie, graduated. Above, an exclusive preview of the new images, and below, behind-the-scenes shots with Swinton, Lambie, and Pfeiffer.

“Tilda is a force of nature and full of energy—an inspiring personality to collaborate with,” the Swiss photographer told “She will never be an object for the camera but always plays with it.” The actress herself, along with the Art Deco buildings of the Glasgow School of Art, provided the inspiration for the shoot. Her dramatic new look owes much to a new blunt, front-combed shag, with heavy bangs she called a “warrior girl fringe.” “We looked for a modern romantic gesture in my look,” Swinton said. “I love it.” Nothing like a little warrior chic to get into character, we’d say. But asked about her preparation for the shoot, Swinton noted that for her, it is no different from preparing for a film role. “[It’s] the same way,” she said. “Choose clothes. Dress up and play.” And did she bring her own ideas to the set as well? “Certainly,” Swinton replied. “And my own dogs.” Continue Reading “Tilda Swinton And Walter Pfeiffer On Their New Pringle Of Scotland Campaign” »

Pringle Shows Some Skin


Pringle of Scotland prefers to pick its own countrywomen for its ad campaigns—see the previous Ryan McGinley-lensed Tilda Swinton shots for proof. (Or better, check out our video featuring Ryan and Tilda, self-proclaimed “brothers from another mother.”) For Spring 2011, the label tapped the Scottish actress Freya Mavor, who stars in the cult-adored English TV series Skins. (Think of it as a U.K. Gossip Girl: The show, which also helped to launch the career of best-dressed bloke of 2010 Nicholas Hoult, is a raunchy, sex-filled teen drama—one that MTV is adapting for American audiences this season.) The ads were shot by renowned photographer Walter Pfeiffer, working on his first-ever global campaign for a fashion brand. He’s Swiss—but the Scots can’t have ‘em all. Continue Reading “Pringle Shows Some Skin” »