Klick! Photography in Linz during the interwar years
Of professional photographers, amateurs and snapshot takers
At the focus of this exhibition are photographers from Linz in the years between World War I and II. This was a time when economic depression and the social turmoil after the demise of the k. and k. Monarchy confronted the city with great challenges. Professional photographers Ernst Fürböck, Otto Kaiser, and Alois Schwarz documented the labour situation in Linz and the new buildings and technological innovations. Photos depicting scenes at the weekly market, the Kaffeehaus, school and hospital convey vivid impressions of everyday life in Linz. People in Linze spent their spare time at the outdoor communal swimming pool at Heilham, at the Urfahraner Jahrmarkt, the curling arena or in concerts laid on at the Volksgarten.
The exhibition combines different aspects of lived history by presenting photographic documents that attest to historical facts as well as private snapshots illustrating individual lives at the time. As for art photography, there are outstanding examples by amateur photographers such as Heinz Bitzan, Michael Neumüller, Alfred Schausberger, Alois Schwarz, Helene Clodi-Titze and Karl Treml. Studio photography in Linz also gets at least a look-in.
The photos on display are for the most part taken from the Nordico’s own extensive holdings.
Curators: Brigitte Reutner, Andrea Bina
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