Piller Peter . Von Erde Schöner LTD edition

Book + Print: 3 different Editions (Sonnenschirm, Polizeiauto, Schafe). Print (19x19 cm) signed and numbered (each print edition of 10). Book also signed. Christoph Keller (ed.). Verlag Bernd Detsch 2017. 317 pages, 313 ill. (313 col.). 28.5 x 28.5 cm. 1,8 kg. Softcover in box.

Today, with google earth on every device, seeing the world from above has become a part of everyday life. Still, back in the 1980s it was a novelty to see your own home from a bird’s-eye view and people would buy such pictures and enjoy the change of perspective on their own home.

This is how the archive that Peter Piller used for the publication Von Erde schöner [Prettier from Earth] came to be: 12.000 photographs taken between 1979 and 1983 and sold from door to door by a cunning businessman. They show the bleak, conventional, often generic and sometimes overly personalized houses of German homeowners. Working with this massive collection of aerial shots, a task Piller described as a journey into his own past, he selected 300 pictures, sorting them by similarities, thereby creating a slight storyline throughout the book.


Artist statement:

In 2002, I was able to procure approximately 20,000 aerial photographs of detached houses from a defunct business venture.   

The company’s intension was to sell the photographs to the respective house owners. Low- flying aircraft were employed, between 1979 and 1983, to systematically scan settlements the length and breadth of the country.

The salesperson had used a ball-point pen to add some revealing notes to the back of the photographs: “Not interested in pictures”, “looks nicer from the ground”, “wife keen, but house too expensive”, “you’ll get half a moped for that”, “doing it himself” or simply: “deceased”, for instance.

After several archive inspections, I was led to the first collection themes and classification categories: “Sleeping Houses”, “Floral Objects” and “Person in front of House”. Whilst sifting, for the forth, fifth and sixth time, through 18 removal boxes packed with yellowing photos and negatives; I eventually discovered the material that now constitutes the content of this book.

Peter Piller, Hamburg, summer 2004.

Brad Feuerhelm for ASX about Peter Piller: http://www.americansuburbx.com/2017/09/peter-piller-unheimlich-as-above.html


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