Camera Austria International

49 | 1994

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  • ROLF SACHSSE
    Out of Austria: Ernst Haas
  • ERNST HAAS
  • CHRISTIAN MEYER
    The Family of Austrians
  • CHRISTIAN
  • MITRA TABRIZIAN
    Überwachung
  • PETER WEIBEL
    From the World of Image Towards the Construction of Context Controlled Event Worlds
  • PROJEKTE
    Ulrike Gabriel, Michael Klein, Constanze Ruhm, Peter Sandbichler, Michael Saup, Anke Wagenaar, Peter Weibel

Editorial

“Dealing with history” has emerged as the crystallisation point of this issue, CAMERA AUSTRIA 49, the final issue of 1994. Although the four main contributions were not compiled with a view to this theme, they do each feed into the debate on the concept of history: Rolf Sachsse’s article about Ernst Haas monitors the migration and career of a photographer whose dramatic “Homecoming” pictures left their impact on Austria’s postwar photographic history up to the present. Sachsse discusses the oeuvre of Ernst Haas in the then contemporary context of the informel, against the linearity of traditional (photo) history and without losing sight of the effects of the history of publication and utilisation.

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Camera Austria International 49 | 1994
Editorial

“Dealing with history” has emerged as the crystallisation point of this issue, CAMERA AUSTRIA 49, the final issue of 1994. Although the four main contributions were not compiled with a view to this theme, they do each feed into the debate on the concept of history: Rolf Sachsse’s article about Ernst Haas monitors the migration and career of a photographer whose dramatic “Homecoming” pictures left their impact on Austria’s postwar photographic history up to the present. Sachsse discusses the oeuvre of Ernst Haas in the then contemporary context of the informel, against the linearity of traditional (photo) history and without losing sight of the effects of the history of publication and utilisation.
The myth of a general condition humaine (a myth that also has shaped the reception of Haas’ work) was given programmatic status by the “Family of Man” exhibition: In “The Family of Austrians”, Christian Philipp Müller analyses the historical and formal framework of this exhibition while casting light, in an attempt at re- and deconstruction, on the Austrian clichée that emerged from the catalogue’s image series, by offering insights, as Christian Meyer emphasizes in his essay, into “the ideological element in art as a social construct”, without necessarily destroying it’s “rightness or expressive power”.

Mitra Tabrizian’s “surveillance” is based on Foucault’s term panopticon (devine all-seeing) and questions, inher analysis of Iran’s history since the fifties, the homogeneity of the concepts of history and nation. As an image montage in the mannoer of the history painting, she deconstructs the complex colonial and ideological history of her country, attempting, as she does, in her essay, a connection between the concepts of surveillance and restistance.
In his essay, “From the World of Image Towards the Construction of Context Controlled Event Worlds”, Peter Weibel completes his exploration begun in CAMERA AUSTRIA 46, presenting the representational systems of the new media inaugurated by the findings of modern physics and placing them in an epistemological context. His essay is accompanied by examples of modern media work, mostly produced at Frankfurt’s Institute of New Media.

In the “Forum” series we present new works by international photographers, mostly positions that drew our attention at ther 1994 “Publishers’ Forum” in Arles and the “Primavera Fotográfica” in Barcelona.
We emphasize once more that, particularly in Austria, the history and theory of photography must remain a major theme if contemporary photography (the mediation of which has been seriously embraced, thanks to substantial public encouragement, by a number of institutions) is to profit from a continual debate on medium-related issues, from the critical questioning of historicAl positions and from a content-, form- and method-related discourse, in short: a theoretical foundation.
We thank our readers for their interest in CAMERA AUSTRIA and for their support, and with them a successful year 1995.

Christine Frisinghelli

Contributions

Forum

SARAH ANAHORY

BARBARA WüLLENWEBER

LUCA ZAMPEDRI

JULIA KNOP

ALESSANDRA SANTARELLI

SIGNORINI MARCO

ENRICO BENVENUTI

ISABELLE LE MINH

MARIELLA POLI

HENNY ALLIS

HORACIO SORMANI

SABINE KORTH

LING FEI

MARCO BALDASSARI

FABRIZIO CICCONI

GIANNINA URMENETA-OTTIKER

FABIO BONI

MARION-VALENTINE

Exhibitions

“Useful Art”
Centre d’Art Santa MoniCA, Barcelona
GISELA BARTENS

Helmut Newton: Die Ambivalenz des Blicks
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
BIGRID UCCIA

Gary Hill
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
ANNE BARCLEY MORGAN

Alfredo Jaar “New Work”
Center for the Fine Arts Miami, Florida
ANNE BARCLEY MORGAN

Industriebild
Fotomuseum Winterthur
ANNEMARIE HüRLIMANN

Aus der Finsler-Schule. Gerda Leo: Photographien 1926 – 1932
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle / Saale
THILO KOENIG

Wout Berger / Walter Niedermayr
Forum Stadtpark, Graz
FRANZ NIEGELHELL

Jetztzeit
Kunsthalle Wien
REINHARD BRAUN

Die Ausstellung als Ausstellung
Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Wien
REINHARD BRAUN

Books

Sondern die Sache selbst
Bernd und Hilla Becher und Thomas Struth im Verlag Schirmer/Mosel
REINHARD BRAUN

Lawrence Weiner “Öffentlich / Public Freehold”
Reihe Cantz, Stuttgart 1992
FRANZ NIEGELHELL

Hans Belting: Bild und Kult
Verlag C. H. Beck, München 1990
JUTTA EIGNER

Baustellen. Sieben Begehungen von Manfred Moser & Wilhelm Moser
Sonderzahl Verlag, Wien 1993
BURKHARD GAGER

Margherita Spiluttini: Neue Häuser
Löcker Verlag, Wien 1993
URSULA HABERLE

Architektur der Bewegung
Verlag Turia & Kant, Wien 1993
MARC RIES

Gut geführt durch die Fotowelt / European and USA Photography Guide
Nazareli Press, München
THILO KOENIG

Die Präsenz des Anderen / Die Philosophin Elisabeth List kritisiert die philosophische Tradition Europas
Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 1993
CHRISTIAN EIGNER

Toso Dabac: Zagreb 1932 – 1941

Vorort. Eine Sammlung topografischer Fotografien Ostdeutschlands

Rémy Markowitsch: Nach der Natur

Beispiele österreichischen Fotojournalismus

Imprint

Publisher: Manfred Willmann. Owner: Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA,
Labor für Fotografie und Theorie.
FORUM STADTPARK, Stadtpark 1, A-8010 Graz

Editors: Christine Frisinghelli, Reinhard Braun
Editorial assistants: Magdalena Verena Felice, Jutta Eigner

Translations: Klaus Feichtenberger, Wilfried Prantner, Jörg von Stein