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Klaus Pichler's photographs from Vienna's Museum of Natural History

I just came across this article in Lens Magazine:

Klaus Pichler was wandering home from a bar one morning when he noticed a light coming from a basement window at Vienna’s Museum of Natural History.  Even at that hour, he thought, someone was hard at work inside.

But Mr. Pichler didn’t see any people. He saw an antelope.

“It looked really strange and grotesque,” he said.

And it stuck with him. So, the next morning he contacted the museum’s director, who took him on a behind-the-scenes tour. The room he’d seen was the museum’s taxidermy division.

Mr. Pichler was intrigued — and fortunate. For the next three years, the museum let him roam its corridors and  workshops,  allowing him to capture a backstage view of a highly orchestrated production. The result of his snooping, “Skeletons in the Closet,” appeared at the Delhi Photo Festival in October.

“I really enjoyed knowing that I was alone in the basement with 4,000 stuffed animals,” he said.

Read the whole article here: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/natural-history-not-so-natural-setting/

And check out all of Pichler's series "Skeleton in the Closet" on his website at http://www.kpic.at/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=30&Itemid=53

 

 

Reader Comments (6)

These photos make my heart skip a beat. Great inspiration for the film I'm currently producing, DEAD ZOO: http://www.indiegogo.com/DEADZOO?a=1091407
Hope you taxidermy lovers can check it out & stuff it, you know, taxidermy-style.
September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen Yaghoobian
That red fox on the second picture is awesome!! Looks like it's alive!
October 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoggos do mario
Just came across this randomly, but truely amazing!
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVendifor
hey, the article is really amazing i like the shark dummy so much as it looks like really realistic. btw good photographs
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjazi
crazy but cool art - can i ask what the skeleton head in the bottom picture was when it was alive?
October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Smitzer
superb pictures...
May 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdelia

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