Since the 1970s, photography has experienced increasing acceptance as an artistic medium due to the engagement with its socio-critical and reflexive practice. In Austria, an intensification of the engagement with photography as an element of artistic and socially reflective practice developed from 1980 onwards. Looking at various contemporary developments – Otto Breicha becoming director of the Österreichische Fotogalerie at Rupertinum Salzburg from 1980, the founding of Fotohof Salzburg in 1981 as an association for the promotion of photography d’auteur, and the establishment of the magazine and exhibition project Camera Austria 1980 in Graz (early activities by Manfred Willmann date back to 1974) – the synchronicity of the engagement with photography at that time and its significance for the present will be discussed.
Participants: Christine Frisinghelli (founding member of Camera Austria, Graz), Rainer Iglar (Fotohof Salzburg), Margit Zuckriegl (formerly Rupertinum Salzburg), Günther Selichar (photographer)
Moderation: Walter Seidl (curator)
Talk: 23.03.2019, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
FOTO WIEN Festival Centre
Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
Wed – Sun 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.