Anna Auer & Photographic Research

As a result of her many years of activity in the fields of research and exhibitions, Anna Auer (the first female Honorary President of the ESHPh) has provided numerous impulses for investigation into the history of photography.

Anna Auer founded the first commercial photo gallery on the European continent when she opened the gallery “Die Brücke” in 1970. She was also the founding director of the historical photographic collection “Sammlung Fotografis” (1975), as well as being the initiator of annual photo symposia held in the German-speaking world (until 1981), organising a large number of exhibitions and the author or editor of a wide-range of publications on photographic history (The Forgotten Letters and Manuscripts: Niépce, Daguerre, Talbot; Christian Schad, Ferdinand Schmutzer, eg.).
Anna Auer made a major contribution to the establishment of a photographic museum and research centre in Vienna but, unfortunately, the concepts and proposals she presented in 1994 have remained unfulfilled by the responsible ministries of the Republic of Austria.


Anna Auer: Institute for Photography in Austria

In 1994, Anna Auer and her co-authors presented the Federal Ministry of Education and Art/Dept. 4.3 in Vienna with a concept for the establishment of an “Institute for Photography in Austria” to function as a data base and documentation centre.

This was followed by numerous other concepts for a “Museum/Research Centre for Photography in Vienna” that, unfortunately, never came to fruition.

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Roberto Caccialanza

Stefano Lecchi, from Milan, Pupil of Daguerre: the Last Biography

lecchiAlthough books and several articles have been written about Stefano Lecchi and his photographic works during his period in Rome in 1849, the life of this important character has remained somewhat mysterious. As a result of long and extensive research at the international level, it is now possible – for the very first time – to draw up a biography of Stefano Lecchi, full of new, interesting – and often surprising – information.

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José Huguet Chanzá

Benito Monfort: La Lumière, Cosmos and the Casino of Biarritz

chanzaBenito Monfort (Valencia, Spain 1800 – Biarritz, France 1871) was the founder of the Société Héliographique (Heliographic Society), the journals La Lumière and Cosmos, and the Biarritz Casino.

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The FOTOGRAFIS Collection

The FOTOGRAFIS Collection (Vienna/Salzburg) is one of the most important collections of international and historical photography in Austria.
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Vilém Flusser and Anna Auer.
5th congress, June 22, 1980


Francis Ronalds

Beverly F. Ronalds: The Beginnings of Continuous Scientific Recording using Photography: Sir Francis Ronalds’ Contribution
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Left: The photo-electrograph – Ronalds’ first photorecording machine at Kiew observatory
Right: Thomas Malone, Photograph of Francis Ronalds, 1850 © Royal Society

Francis Ronalds invented a “movie camera” in 1845 and collaborated with leading practitioners in enhancing the quality and flexibility of photography. His early photographic curves survive, as do examples of his machines. The cameras were used in observatories around the world for over a century.

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Allan Porter & CAMERA

A special documentary on the legendary photo journal CAMERA and its last editor-in-chief ALLAN PORTER who took the magazine to new heights.

This developed into his “museum without walls” and became Europe’s first exhibition platform for artistic photography after 1945.


Caroline Fuchs: Not entirely

Gerhard Richter and the principle of detail
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This essay appeared in the catalogue Gerhard Richter – Ausschnitt: Werke aus der Sammlung Böckmann / Gerhard Richter – Detail. Paintings from the Böckmann Collection

pp. 79-85
Eva Kraus, Thomas Heyden (eds.), published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg 2014 at the Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg, Nuremberg, (14 November 2014 – 2 February 2015)

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Die Brücke

Anna Auer: Die Wiener Galerie Die Bruecke – Ihr internationaler Weg zur Sammlung Fotografis, Passau 1999, illustrated, 243 pages (in German, introduction in English by Heinz K.Henisch).
Anna Auer & Werner Mraz in the gallery »Die Brücke«, 1970 © Werner Mraz

Anna Auer & Werner Mraz in the gallery »Die Brücke«, 1970 © Werner Mraz

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