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Alpfahrt: The cattle drive to alpine pastures. Franz-Norbert Piontek
Franz-Norbert Piontek

Alpfahrt (in English)

The Cattle Drive to Alpine Pastures
2008 48 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-85882-478-3

It is a ceremony: in early summer. the cows are driven up to the Alpine pastures around the Säntis; in the autumn they return: Alpaufzug and Alpabfahrt, the drive up and the return drive, respectively. In the Appenzellerland, this has remained a special day, with the herdsman in their Sunday best and the cows groomed. Elsewhere the cattle are transported by truck; here. age-old rules for the drive to and from the Alpine pastures apply: with children and goats at the head and the dairy-equipment cart bringing up the rear.

The time between the drive up and the drive down is characterised by hard work: milking, mucking out, making cheese, milking, mucking out, making butter – until there is no grass left. This picture book displays the life of the herdsmen, the dignity of the early-morning drive up, everyday life in an Alpine cheesery and the insistence on ceremony on the drive down, regardless of rain and fog.

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Franz-Norbert Piontek

Franz-Norbert Piontek, 1957-2013, dokumentierte seit 20 Jahren Bräuche und Feste auch in der Schweiz. Er studierte Kunstgeschichte und Germanistik und arbeitete unter anderem für die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters. Daneben porträtierte der Journalist und Fotograf in Reportagen Land und Leute. Er lebte in Sindelfingen.

Franz-Norbert Piontek, 1957-2013, has been documenting customs and festivities in Switzerland and elsewhere for 20 years. He read Art History and German, and worked for Reuters news agency, among others. He also wrote about and portrayed places and people. He lived in Sindelfingen

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Alpfahrt

Franz-Norbert Piontek
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Alpfahrt (in English)

Franz-Norbert Piontek
28,00 CHF