Odermatt

Posted on March 21, 2012

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Recently I came across a collection of crash scene pictures from the Swiss photographer Arnold Odermatt.  Odermatt worked with the Swiss police from 1948 through 1990 photographing car accident scenes, almost entirely in black and white.  The images he produced were often quite eerie.  This stark beauty transcended the fact that his official job was to do nothing more than simply document the scene of the crash for investigators.

Yet his photographs show a measured approach.  They are carefully and cleanly composed.  They are calm and studied, taken by a man with a keen eye.  Odermatt’s images function as more than simple snapshots to be discarded after the judge and insurance agents look over them-instead they are art.

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