In the mid 1990s the German artist Peter Piller worked at a Hamburg press agency while studying art. His job was to collect clippings and monitor where and how the paid ads of advertising clients actually appeared in print.
Peter Piller discovered particular photographs while daily surveying the press, which he then set aside and organized into categories, such as Touching Car, Nothing Yet to Be Seen (Prospective Building Sites), or Shooting Girls.
Over the years he compiled these images into his Archive Peter Piller, now comprising over 7,000 images, which the artist continues to investigate by sorting and arranging the images into different thematic series.
Archiv Peter Piller: Materials (G) / Albedo is the first book ever written about Peter Piller. The authors debate the idea of the archive and position Piller’s work in thematic areas such as war, bureaucracy, pornography or art history.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Fotomuseum Winterthur, winter 2014/15.