Snow polo in St. Moritz
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Photographer Klaus Thymann is a London-based Dane and has been shooting since he was a teenager. His summer job when he was in high school was to photograph guests at a Copenhagen tourist attraction, and from there, his career-long obsession with shooting people doing interesting and peculiar things has grown.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
While Thymann was working on his Hybrids book project, traveling the world to document unusual cultures and activities (a gay rodeo in LA, an underwater striptease in Chile and tall-bike jousting in NYC are just some of the activities included), a Swiss friend told him about snow polo in St. Moritz. “When I first heard about it, I thought it was a joke,” says Thymann. “But clearly not.”
So he went to add it to his file of curiosities. As for the spectacle, “The air is crisp and fresh, and you can see the breath from the horses in cold air,” he explains. “It underlines the action. The players are international and of a very high caliber. The crowd is a mix of posh Euro oldies and a younger set. Everyone seemed to enjoy the whole atmosphere and know the rules a lot better than I did!”
WHAT ELSE HAS HE DONE?
An award-winning art and commercial photographer and filmmaker, Thymann has worked for a who’s who of advertising clients, and his art images have been shown in prominent galleries worldwide. His current undertaking is Project Pressure, a documentation of the world’s retreating glaciers from every continent on the planet. The not-for-profit organization has official collaborations with the World Glacier Monitoring Service and NASA, and is recognized as an official contributor to the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers. The project will be launched on multiple platforms: an international touring exhibition curated by Neville Wakefield of MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; a glacier atlas publication endorsed by UNESCO; and an open-source online dissemination, where the entire archive will be available royalty-free for future generations to use for scientific and educational purposes.