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From March 10 to June 7, 2015, the Atelier Jungwirth in Graz is exhibiting pictures by Arnold Odermatt. The Atelier's 21st exhibition shows a facet of photography that is rare yet of historical significance. For four decades, the Swiss policeman Arnold Odermatt photographed accident scenes and cars, as well as took pictures of his colleagues at work.

Odermatt, who was born in 1925 in the Swiss canton of Nidwalden, became a policeman in 1948. At the time, the common practice was to sketch the scenes of accidents and crimes, so as to be able to reconstruct the events. Odermatt, on the other hand, used a Rolleiflex camera, so that he not only documented the places where the police were acting, but also a piece of contemporary history.

World famous collisions
Odermatt's son, Urs, discovered his father's work and has ensured that it has been exhibited worldwide – at the Venice Biennale, in Berlin, Paris and New York. At the Atelier Jungwirth there will be, above all, pictures from Odermatt's world famous Karambolagen on display. Rating: exceptional.


Further information at: Atelier Jungwirth

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