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Reiner Riedler January 22, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Dubai.
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Indoor Skiing Hall, Dubai 2006

Reiner Riedler (b. 1968, Austria) attended a college for photography in Vienna. He began working for periodicals and magazines. His work has been published in National Geographic, Stern, Newsweek, Fortune, Le Monde  and others. His books include: “Albanien, Leben an der Peripherie” (Albania, Life on the Periphery), 2001, “Ukraine. Fotografien” (Ukraine. Photographs), 2003 “Gestürmte Festung Europa” (The Stormed Fortress of Europe), 2007. Reiner’s photographs have also been shown in numerous countries at photo festivals, galleries and museums. His most recent project (begun in 2004) is dedicated to the topic of simulation “Fake Holidays” has been shown at the Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt, at the European Month of Photography exhibitions in Paris and Bratislava, and at Visa pour l’image in Perpignan.

About the Photograph:

“The picture was shot in an indoor skiing dome called “Ski Dubai” inside of a big shopping mall in Dubai. Before I went to this place, I have seen many other indoor skiing sites in Europe. For me these places are fascinating, because as a beginner it is really hard to come down the 500 metres. Skiing was always a part of my life since I grew up close to the Alps. Also the idea that you can simulate not only a place but an entire winter season at a place where there is normally no snow. It really happens that people go there and see and touch snow for the first time of their life.”

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