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Focus on Photography

The Fotografis Bank Austria Collection

From the earliest silver-chloride calotypes of inventor of photography William Henry Fox-Talbot to developments in digital photography and the tiny but surprisingly capable cameras that are a component of every smartphone today, photography has changed dramatically over the past 150 years. As technology has advanced, so too has photography as a living, dynamic art form, as evidenced by the innovative techniques and compositions of contemporary photographic artists.

Drawing on a diverse collection of historical and contemporary photographs held by Bank Austria and on display at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Focus on Photography provides a rich visual record of the history of photography. The photographs reproduced here date from the 1840s to the 1970s and include works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, André Kertész, Josef Sudek, Eadweard Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Arnulf Rainer, among others, and range from landscapes and portraits to cutting-edge modern compositions. Together, they offer readers a series of invaluable reference points for thinking about of the important trends and developments throughout the history of photography.

A stunning, kaleidoscopic portfolio featuring nearly two centuries of photographic art with representation from among many major movements and figures, Focus on Photography will be welcomed by all with an interest in this powerful medium.

240 pages | 131 duotones | 9 1/4 x 11 | © 2013

Art: Photography

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Table of Contents

Toni Stooss

From the Bank to the Museum: A Foreword

Anna Auer

The Fotografis Collection. A Reflection

Simone Förster

Capturing the View and the Acceleration of Images: The Beginnings of Photography in the Nineteenth Century

Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, Lewis Carroll, Nadar, Julia Margaret Cameron, Maxime Du Camp, Francis Frith, Felice and Antonio Beato, Alvin Langdon Colburn, Eugène Atget, Arthur Benda

Ulrich Pohlmann

“The Images have Interioity.” Art-Photography Portraits Between Traditional and Renewal

Edward Steichen, Heinrich Kühn, Madame d’Ora, Trude Fleischmann

Vladimír Birgus

Czech Photography before World War Two

 Drahomír Josef Růžička, František Drtikol, Jaroslav Rössler, Hugo Táborský, Karel Novák, Jaromir Funke, Josef Sudek

Uwe M. Schneede

The Revolution of Images. Surrealist Image Inventions

Alexander Rodtschenko, László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, André Kertész, Francis Joseph Brugière, Herbert Bayer, Raoul Hausmann

Margit Zuckreigl

Discerning Reality. The Photography of New Objectivity

Heinz Loew, Xanti Schawinsky, Otto Steinert, Werner Mantz, Karl Blossfeldt, Carl Strüwe, Freidrich Seidenstücker, August Sander, Albert Renger-Patszsch, Jan Lukas, Kitty Hoffman, Lothar Rübelt, Bernd and Hilla Becher

Walter Moser

Formative Moments. On American Photography in the Fotografis Collection

Ernest Joseph Bellocq, Lewis Hine, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Paul Outerbridge, Beaumont Newhall, Weegee, Margaret Bourke-White, Walker Evans, Elliott Erwitt, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, Judy Dater, Duane Michals, Les Krims, Ron Stark

Walter Guadagnini

Back to the Future. The Fotografis Collection en Route to the Present

Horst P. Horst, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Giacomelli, Verena von Gagern, Werner H. Mraz, Christian Wachter, Sepp Dreissinger, Manfred Willmann, Arnulf Rainer, VALIE EXPORT


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