Andreas Groll. Vienna’s First Modern Photographer

Wien Museum, Vienna
Until January 10, 2016

Andreas Groll, Wien Westbahnhof Railway Station, 1860 © Wien Museum

Andreas Groll was Vienna’s first professional photographer remembered by history. He began to work as a photographer in 1853, but unlike his colleagues, who made portraits and genre scenes in a fixed setting, Groll did not even have his own studio. He was taking pictures not of people, but of places, both in Vienna and the cities visited during his numerous trips: Krakow, Prague, Regensburg; he also photographed the newly opened railway line between Vienna and Salzburg. From more than a thousand identified photographs 180 were selected for the exhibition. They show how the first photographers had to react to modern challenges, for which there were no pictorial traditions.

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