In 1975, we started the photo gallery in the Forum Stadtpark, a predominantly monographic exhibition program as a guest in this institution which was supplemented by thematic group exhibitions as from 1977 (e.g. “American Photographers”, 1977, “Reportage-Fotografen”, 1978, “Neue Fotografie aus Österreich”, 1981, “Penisola. Appunti per un viaggio in Italia”, 1983, “Ich-Bilder / Welt-Bilder”, 1986, “Die Rache der Erinnerung”, 1988, “Mistaken Identities”, 1993, “Another Continent”, 1994) in the frame of which both international and Austrian photographers were presented and which were organized in collaboration with Austrian and international curators and institutions.
Due to this exhibition activity, which also comprised workshops with international photographers to supplement the exhibitions (between 1977 and 1983, with Lewis Baltz, William Eggleston, Luigi Ghirri and Michael Schmidt among others), but above all due to the series of symposia on photography (as from 1979) and, since 1980, by publishing Camera Austria International magazine we have created a sustainable network of relations between artists, theorists, facilitators and institutions which has made this program of exhibitions, theory events, publications and general events possible.
The development of this network and the associated projects will be outlined and published step by step on these pages in the months to come.