No 42 Arnold OdermattSwitzerland (1925)
After joining the police force in the Canton of Nidwald in 1948, Arnold Odermatt documented traffic accidents as well as the daily life of his colleagues for more than 40 years. Since the early 2000s, his work has received many accolades in exhibitions as well as in the prestigious pages of the New York Times. Pileups, melted headlights, patrols in action, these ordinary scenes take on an extraordinary dimension under the gaze of the policeman-photographer. Exhibited on the façade of a building, a monumental image depicting a policeman doing acrobatics in the middle of the road blends in with the surrounding urban background and announces the theme of the 2018 Festival Images, “Extravaganza. Out of the Ordinary.” In addition, a series of pictures of accidents and of the daily life of the Nidwald police brigade border the main road through Vevey.
Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist