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Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012) were Switzerlands most renowned artistic duo. Executed in a variety of media, including sculpture, film and photography, their work playfully ignores the distinction between high and low art. The duo is perhaps best known for the 1987 film "The Way Things Go", in which an improbable chain of events unfolds involving household objects and detritus in their studio. In 1988, Fischli and Weiss began working on an ongoing series of airport photographs. At first glance, the images appear commonplace, almost like tourist photographs. They focus on the banal side of air travel: the fuel vehicles, the baggage trucks, the daily routine of the airport worker. These carefully composed images are strangely placid and restful, without any of the noise and anxiety commonly associated with airports. This legendary series, comprising some 800 photographs, is published here in its complete form for the first time.
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Like all great artists, they pry our eyes open to new forms and hitherto unexpected beauty and interest. "There was no fog in London before Whistler painted it," remarked Oscar Wilde, and had he known the Swiss duo, he might have added, that there were far fewer airports in the world before Fischli and Weiss began to photograph them.--Alain De Botton "BOMB Magazine "

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