Christian Brandstätter

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Christian Brandstätter

Christian Brandstätter (born September 21, 1943 in Lambach , Upper Austria ) is an Austrian publisher , editor , author and art collector specializing in photography . He has been in the publishing business since 1968 and founded Christian Brandstätter Verlag in Vienna in 1982 .


Christian Brandstätter was born in Lambach, Upper Austria in 1943. From 1961 to 1965 he studied law at the University of Vienna . After completing his studies, Brandstätter worked from 1968 as a private secretary and manager at the Fritz Moldens publishing house , where he founded his own illustrated book department in 1974 , the Molden Edition Grafische Kunst . In May 1982 Molden Verlag had to file for bankruptcy surprisingly. The journalist Hans Heinz Hahnl notes in the Arbeiter-Zeitung :

“The publishing landscape will certainly be poorer if Molden should no longer exist. Not least when the unmistakable picture book style that Christian Brandstätter has shaped here disappears. "

- Hans Heinz Hahnl , May 26, 1982

Following the bankruptcy of Moldens, the decision to found Christian Brandstätter Verlag followed . Brandstätter took over the autumn program of the Molden Edition in its essential parts for the young publisher. The theater critic and writer Hans Weigel wrote on the occasion of the foundation of the publishing house:

"He [Christian Brandstätter] seems to me a born, even the very best publisher in a wide area [...] maker and lover of books in personal union, a connoisseur, a great designer."

- Hans Weigel , August 1982

As early as the time of the Molden Edition , Brandstätter had chosen “the beautiful, work-oriented book” as his creative field . With publications on the art and culture of the Viennese Belle Epoque , illustrated books of historical and contemporary photography and non-fiction books on various topics of art, culture and history, Christian Brandstätter was able to further establish himself on the market as a publisher, designer and author in the course of the 1980s.

After a failed major project, Christian Brandstätters Verlag had to be taken over by the Österreichischer Bundesverlag (ÖBV) in 1991 , which in turn was bought by the Klett Group in early 2003 . Christian Brandstätter remained active as managing director of the publishing house until 2005 and in the same year acquired 50% of the company in a management buy-out . Another 50% was taken over by a cooperation partner.

In 2007 Christian Brandstätter founded Thiele Verlag with the Munich publisher Johannes Thiele , in which Brandstätter's company has a 51% stake.

In 2011 Brandstätter withdrew from the business interests of the regular publishing house, which is now one of the “leading picture book and art book publishers in Austria”.

From 1993 to 2003 Brandstätter was a lecturer at the Institute for Journalism at the University of Vienna .

In 2002 Christian Brandstätter and his son Nikolaus Brandstätter founded the company IMAGNO brandstätter images , an agency for historical image rights that, in addition to Brandstätter's private collection, manages and markets around 1.5 million images from Austrian image archives.


Brandstätter is the author and designer of numerous illustrated books, including a. Klimt and the women , then in Vienna , Klimt and the fashion , design of the Wiener Werkstätte and publisher of the series The world of yesterday in color .

Author / designer (selection, chronological)

  • Upper Austria , Vienna: Molden Ed. Graphic arts, 1975. ISBN 3-217-00727-1
  • Burgenland , Vienna: Molden Ed. Graphic Art, 1976. ISBN 3-217-00799-9
  • Bavaria , Vienna: Molden Ed. Graphic Art, 1977. ISBN 3-217-00872-3
  • Made in Germany: the early days of German technology and industry in old photographs 1840–1914 , Vienna: Molden, 1977. (with Franz Hubmann) ISBN 3-217-00782-4
  • Werner J. Schweiger : Wiener Werkstätte: Arts and Crafts 1903–1932 , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-85447-002-9
  • City chronicle Vienna: 2000 years in dates, documents and images , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 1986. ISBN 3-85447-229-3
  • Gustav Klimt and the women , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 1994. ISBN 3-85447-493-8
  • Back then in Vienna: People at the turn of the century , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 1995. (with Franz Hubmann), ISBN 3-85447-532-2
  • Klimt and fashion , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 1998. ISBN 3-85447-788-0
  • Design by the Wiener Werkstätte: 1903–1932 , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 2003. ISBN 3-85498-124-4

Editor (selection, chronological)


  • André Heller: "Speech to Christian Brandstätter on the 60th birthday and the 20th of his publishing house" in: Wienereien or an intentional fate of fate. Scattered collected , Vienna: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3-85033-322-1

Web links

Commons : Christian Brandstätter  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Main Association of the Austrian Book Trade : The Beautiful Pages of Life ( Memento of the original from January 11, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Interview with Christian & Nikolaus Brandstätter), October 8, 2012, (accessed on November 19, 2012) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b c d e Brandstätter Verlag: Geschichte (accessed on November 19, 2012)
  3. ^ Hans Heinz Hahnl , Arbeiter-Zeitung, Vienna, May 26, 1982
  4. "Greetings" for founding the publishing house. In: Autumn 1982 publishing program, Christian Brandstätter Verlag & Edition GmbH, Vienna
  5. ^ Publishing program autumn 1982, Christian Brandstätter Verlag & Edition GmbH, Vienna
  6. a b BuchMarkt : Christian Brandstätter Verlag goes through management buyout to the Brandstätter and Grasl families , December 21, 2004, (accessed November 19, 2012)
  7. ^ Grasl Print & New Media: Christian Brandstätter Verlag GmbH: MBO by the Brandstätter and Grasl families, December 21, 2004 ( Memento from September 14, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ “Thiele Verlag”: Christian Brandstätter has founded a new publishing house , , April 16, 2007, (accessed on November 19, 2012)
  9. BuchMarkt: Christian Brandstätter , September 21, 2008, (accessed November 19, 2012)
  10. a b Providing impetus for illustrated books - the Brandstätter Verlag ( Memento of the original from January 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Stuttgart Media University , May 2010, (accessed on November 19, 2012) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  11. Börsenblatt : standing leg, free leg, handover. No. 18, 2012
  12. IMAGNO brandstätter images: Archives & Collections , November 17, 2008, (accessed November 19, 2012)
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