Austria: Photography 1970–2000

Albertina
Vienna
Until 8 October 2017

Seiichi Furuya, National Border, 1981–1983 © Albertina

How does Austria look when viewed through Austrian lenses? Around 1970, ­Austrian photographers began documenting various social milieus with the intention to mercilessly question their own country and its cultural identities. In doing so, their inward gaze brought to light aspects that, even back then, were already in the process of ­disappearing. While the 1970s represented a period during which photographers – equipped with a new self‑understanding – pioneered new paths, the 1980s witnessed the development of a diverse range of photographic trends. In both of these contexts, documentary strategies and self‑reflective grappling with the medium itself came to be defining features of photography’s development between 1970 and 2000.

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