Salzburg − Pictures from the Archive

Exhbition run: 30 March − 3 June 2021

Gerti Deutsch – Der Dirigent Arturo Toscanini vor dem Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 1930er Jahre
Josef Dapra – Salzburg, o.D.
Inge Morath – Schloss Kleßheim. Blick in den Park, Salzburg, 1991
Paul Albert Leitner – Strubergasse, Salzburg, 2014
Werner Schnelle – Lehen, Salzburg, 2011

Including works by Anonymous, Thomas J. Cooper, Josef Dapra, Gerti Deutsch, J. Malan Heslop, Paul Albert Leitner, Inge Morath, Michaela Moscouw, Werner Schnelle, Doug Stewart, Wolf Suschitzky, Otmar Thormann, Clara Wildberger

FOTOHOF archiv / Sparkassenstraße 2 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Thu 3–6 pm


The Covid-19 crisis has prevented many artists from going out and engaging artistically with the outside world. As a result, many works have emerged from their focus on their own archives and from working with materials already to hand in their studios.

The curators at the FOTOHOF archiv have been similarly occupied during this period, embarking on a voyage of discovery of their own collection. The result is an exhibition entitled ‘Salzburg – Pictures from the Archive’ and featuring 13 artistic positions. As the title suggests, all the works revolve around the city of Salzburg. The earliest exhibits showcased in the new FOTOHOF archiv exhibition date from 1934 and are by a young Wolf Suschitzky, who took pictures of the city during an excursion undertaken by his Vienna photography school. The most recent works are by contemporary artists Michaela Moscouw, with a conceptual work evocatively entitled Pizza (2019), and by Clara Wildberger, who explores the Salzburg festival enterprise as a whole (2016). Paul Albert Leitner is able to cover the entire period from 1996 to 2014 with his index cards alone, exploring Salzburg mostly through his collaboration with Fotohof. Spanning these two endpoints is a broad arc of images that not only shows some of the city’s unknown nooks and crannies, but more importantly represents a tour of the various currents in art photography. Worthy of mention here is the classic press photography from the 1930s to the 1950s by Gerti Deutsch and from 1991 by Inge Morath. In the 1970s American photographer Doug Stewart took pictures in the style of early ‘street photography’, in the tradition of Garry Winogrand. And while Otmar Thormann views the city from a very subjective perspective influenced by Surrealism, American artist Thomas J. Cooper, who lives in Scotland, uses traditional large-format photography to track down the secrets of the city’s many hills. For Werner Schnelle from Salzburg, the motifs selected from the city’s Lehen district provide an opportunity to draw attention to the unique nature of analogue photographs exposed directly as negatives. Finally, the FOTOHOF archiv also contains works of unclear or anonymous provenance. They include photographs of air-raid damage after the Second World War, presumably taken by the American army photographer J. Malan Heslop, and partially destroyed negatives, on show at the exhibition in the form of contact copies.

An eponymous illustrated book is to be published in May in the FOTOHOF edition to accompany the exhibition.


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Anonymous: ↳Link

Gerti Deutsch: ↳Link

J. Malan Heslop: ↳Link

Paul Albert Leitner: ↳Link

Inge Morath: ↳Link

Michaela Moscouw: ↳Link

Werner Schnelle: ↳Link

Doug Stewart: ↳Link

Wolf Suschitzky: ↳Link

Otmar Thormann: ↳Link