Photographer: Michael von Graffenried (born 1957) is a Swiss photographer living and working between Paris, Brooklyn and Switzerland.
Publisher/Date: Steidl (c. 2014)
Format/Condition: New oblong hardcover book in Fine condition. 112 pages. Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 0.5 inches. Lavishly illustrated in color. This book is entirely composed of photographs; there is no text.
Description: All year long, the people of Munich look forward to Oktoberfest. When the time finally comes, the city's inhabitants, joined by thousands of tourists from all over the world, don their lederhosen and dirndls and gather on the "Wiesn." With seven million liters of beer flowing at record speed, social boundaries soon dissolve. The grass by the tents becomes a makeshift urinal and is steadily strewn with intoxicated corpses, while the police and medical teams try to keep up with sinking inhibition thresholds. "Bierfest" shines light on the decadent side of the world's most famous folk festival, and celebrates its nostalgia and mass delirium in equal measure.