Peter Mathis, expert ski mountaineer as well as professional photographer, accompanies expeditions of extreme free riders on the most inaccessible slopes, from the Alps to the peaks of Alaska, taking unique shots.
Mathis has developed a personal way of interpreting the snowpack’s lights and shadows. Although his training was as a documentary maker, the intent today is not to document the prowess of those who practice extreme sports, but to portray and interpret the metaphysical dimension of uncontaminated landscapes, places that are unattainable for human beings, or simply hidden among valleys, peaks and pastures that are unknown to most, submerged by snow and surrounded by silence.
However, Peter Mathis’ ability does not end with the execution of a shot, but it involves every phase of the photographic project, up to its final result as a framed fine-art print. In fact, the author’s atelier includes a printing laboratory and a frame laboratory that enable him to take care personally of each phase of the work, giving origin to the finished artwork by his own hands.
Peter Mathis’ work is a “hymn to nature at high altitude”, as Tom Dauer states in the presentation of the recent monographic publication “Snow”, which will be presented on the occasion of this exhibition.