Simone Kappeler - America 1981
- The re-visitation and re-interpretation of her own view of America in the early 1980s by Simone Kappeler, one of Switzerland's most distinguished contemporary photographic artists
- First-ever publication of Kappeler's American collection of 1981-83
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Zurich’s youth was rebellious. An entire generation of students was in search for the ‘new’. In 1981, photographic artist Simone Kappeler left her native Switzerland, setting off on a road trip across America. She took with her a Hasselblad, a 35 mm camera, as well as a Polaroid. Over the course of the journey, she would add a multitude of cheap cameras to this collection that enabled snapshot-like images – taken unselfconsciously whenever a motif sprang at her. The images reflect a direct and unrestrained manner, they tell of immediate sensual experience and the longing for freedom and independence.
Thirty-five years later, Kappeler has revisited the vast collection that resulted from her undertaking. The selection of some 230 images and their composition reveal a consistent artistic perspective and a signature style. And even today, her 1981 view of America has lost none of its magic.
Text in English and German.
- Scheidegger & Spiess
- 8th Apr 2020
- World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
- 340 mm x 240 mm
- 256 Pages
- 160 color, 77 b&w