Oktoberfest 1984–2019 by Volker Derlath

Oktoberfest 1984–2019 by Volker Derlath

Release: September 2021
Volume: 208 pages
Format: 21 × 28 cm
Price: 38.00 

For 35 years, Munich photographer Volker Derlath has hardly missed a Wiesn day. With his camera, right in the middle of the action, he is capturing intimate moments, touching scenes, moments full of violence and comedy. The “folk festival of all folk festivals” reminds him, with its incomparable coarseness of folk amusements, of the Middle Ages, he says. The Wiesn is a kind of utopia where visitors can live out what has long since been domesticated in their everyday lives and swept under the rug of civilization.

The Munich Oktoberfest, also known as the Wiesn, is considered the largest folk festival in the world: two exhilarating weeks with beer, chicken, rides and partying people from all over the world. But like last year, this year’s festival has been canceled due to a pandemic. Sad news for the worldwide fan community. With the book “Oktoberfest” we would like to remember a time when people could still unconditionally drink, flirt, and celebrate together.


“So entsteht dann Fotokunst aus einem Ausnahmezustand, der – genau betrachtet – das allzu Normale nur in eine andere Form packt.”
SUEDDEUTSCHE.DE, Franz Kotteder 

Awarded with Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (Special Mention).

Volker Derlath


Melville Brand Design


Florian Brugger, Lars Harmsen


Slanted Publishers


September 2021

Format in cm (w × h × d)

21 × 28 cm


208 pages


German, English


stitch bound


Refined book cover



3 in stock
Oktoberfest 1984–2019 by Volker Derlath