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HEIMAT PHOTOGRAPHY IN AUSTRIA

A Politicized Vision of Peasants and Skiers

Elizabeth Cronin

In Austria, what is generally referred to as Heimat (home or homeland) photography featured local sights: peasants, churchgoers, skiers and rural alpine landscapes. As these traditional, romanticized images came to be identified with the idea of a nation, they were used by the Standestaat of 1930s Austria to promote a national identity that grew into fascism. Author Elizabeth Cronin proposes “to consider the history of the genre as a whole” in this study that utilizes selections from the collections from the Albertina and Photoinstitut Bonartes to explore Heimat photography as a “crucial part of 1930s visual culture.” Her essays discuss the work of the genre’s principal exponents—Rudolf Koppitz, Peter Paul Atzwanger, Simon Moser, Stefan Kruckenhauser, Wilhelm Angerer, Hans Angerer, Hans W. Hannau and Adalbert Defner. This telling research into the power of imagery allows us to see how images can be easily manipulated and redefined depending on the political climate of a time and the forces in power.

FOTOHOF EDITION, AUSTRIA
July 2015 / Softcover
6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches / 240 pp / 30 b&w and 44 color
ISBN: 978-3-902993-11-3 · Retail Price: $29.95

ROBERT HEINECKEN

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Robert Heinecken (1931–2006), who headed the photo program at UCLA for three decades, was one of America’s most influential contemporary, conceptual photographers. Heinecken rarely used a camera; his definition of photography encompassed everything related to the photo, as his interest was on the relation of methods and formalism—often in an irreverent and humorous way—to popular media. This comprehensive overview of Heinecken’s work from the 1960s through the 1990s features a complete reproduction of one of the artist’s best-known works: Are You Real series (1964–1968) in addition to his numerous forward-thinking bodies of work. Also includes extensive illustrations and writings that make this book indispensible to any art library, public or private.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
August 2012 / Softcover / 9 1/2 x 12 inches / 144 pp / 75 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-47-0 · Retail Price: $49.95

MATTHIAS HERRMANN

270 West 17th Street #20c NY NY 10011

During the winter of 2011-2012, the Austrian Ministry for Cultural Affairs sponsored artist Matthias Herrmann to live and work in New York City as part of a residency program. The address/title of this book refers to the studio sup- plied by the Ministry, from which Hermann explored the city and the surrounding areas. Herrmann’s New York is an abandoned, quasi-nocturnal world of empty museums, train tracks and office plazas, their details and imperfections captured on an analogue camera without the use of digital manipulation, cropping or even a tripod. He considers the photographic inventory as a characteristic aesthetic of his work—and the strict sequencing of the photographs in the book make it perhaps the defining element of this poetic project. Internationally known for his challenging homoerotic self-portraits, this accomplished artist took an unexpected and exciting detour in this personal study of the urban landscape.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
January 2013/ Hardcover/ 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches/
192 pp/ 190 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-70-5 · Retail Price: $42.00

MATTHIAS HERRMANN

8 X 10”

Fotohof Editions, Austria
2004 / Softcover / 8 x 10 inches / 152 pp / 128 color
ISBN: 3-901756-44-2 · Retail Price: $52.00

Linda Herzog

Mihriban

Mihriban, a Turkish girl’s name, means “good friend, with a good heart and a laughing face”; it’s also the title of a well-known love song in Turkey. And this book is Swiss photographer Linda Herzog’s love song to the country she lived in from 2004-2007. The 50 color photographs chosen from her Turkish journeys prove her to be an acute observer whose vision is unclouded by romantic notions and touristic illusions; she depicts the juxtapositions of a modern nation with a deep, soulful past. Includes a fine interview with Martin Jaeggi.

Passenger Books, Germany
2008 / English, German & Turkish / Hardcover
113/4 x 93/4 inches / 120 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-03-1 · Retail Price: $42.00

Linda Herzog

Birmingham, Istanbul, Zürich

Passenger Books, Berlin
2005 / English, German & Turkish / Hardcover
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches / 72 pp / 52 color
ISBN: 978-3-00-015509-3 · Retail Price: $49.00

OLAF HOLZAPFEL

Nakano Sakaue

German photographer Olaf Holzapfel became fascinated, during a residency in Tokyo, with a “city within the city” – yellow bumps and grooves on the ground that form a guidance system for blind people walking with canes. Holzapfel contrasts photographs from the Nakano Sakaue rail station with other images of Tokyo for a photo essay that art historian Andreas Spiegl characterizes as a “geography that … describes perception as a territory – the view of the visible and the imaginary.” This embossed hardcover blends rich color photographs, dominated by the (in)visible yellow lines that traverse Tokyo, with black-and-white images of what were originally garishly colored scenes, reinforcing the contrast between the seen and the unseen worlds of Tokyo.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / English & German / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 15 b&w and 53 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-65-8 · Retail Price: $34.95

ANDREAS HORVATH

Heartlands

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
2008 / Hardcover / 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches / 144 pp / 125 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-901756-90-0 · Retail Price: $48.00

A HOUSE FOR MOZART

Wilhelm Hozbauer, Francois Valenting and Dieter Irresberger

Perhaps the best-known and best-beloved music festival in the world is in Salzburg, Mozart’s home. This detailed and beautifully produced book documents the three-year transformation of a centuries-old building in the center of Salzburg’s precious historic district into a gleaming, modern concert and exhibition venue for the festival. From excavation to finishing touches, these photos show the unexpected detail and brutal beauty of the process, all with magnificent Austrian Alps in the background. Photographers Rainer Iglar, Michael Mauracher and Andrew Phelps create an engaging story through their rich color imagery. One volume contains striking images and the other architectural drawings.

FOTOHOF EDITIONS, AUSTRIA
2009 / English & German / Hardcover / 2 Volumes
9 1/2 x 11 inches / 100 pp / 62 color
ISBN: 978-3-901756-81-8 · Retail Price: $45.00
 

INSIDE OUT

Contemporary Japanese Photography

The Light Factory Photographic Arts Center
1994, Softcover, 11 x 11 inches
57 pp, 15 halftone and 6 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9642772-0-4 · Retail Price: $20.00