Photo courtyard

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Photo courtyard
Fotohof logo transparent.png
place Inge-Morath-Platz 1–3, Salzburg Coordinates: 47 ° 48 '39.2 "  N , 13 ° 1' 49"  EWorld icon
Gallery, publishing house, archive, education
architect transparadiso: Paul Rajakovics / Barbara Holub
opening 1981
Association for the promotion of author photography

The Fotohof is a non-commercial gallery and publisher for contemporary artistic photography in Salzburg . The sponsor is the association founded in 1981 for the promotion of author photography .

Photo courtyard gallery

Interior view of the Fotohof Gallery / Exhibition view: Dirk Braeckman , 2012

The gallery of the Fotohof in Salzburg shows around 10 exhibitions per year - a total of around 300 exhibitions with more than 600 participating artists in 30 years of exhibition operation between 1981 and 2011 . The association decides on the program design in board meetings. Due to the relatively large number of people involved in the decision-making process, a rather broad spectrum is covered and " conceptual and experimental work are pretty much on a par with 'classic' photography ' ". The program aims to achieve a " mix of the most important, monographic positions in Austria - partly also historical - and international positions that are just at the beginning of a larger career ". Since the mid-1990s, a guest curator has been invited to a cooperation every year , who receives a carte blanche for the design , and there are regular exhibitions with a special country focus: such as Slovenia (1992), Poland (2002), Slovakia (2004), Croatia (2007) or Lithuania (1985, 2010).

In addition to the exhibitions, the Fotohof curates and organizes traveling exhibitions by international photographers, such as those by Inge Morath , Stefan Kruckenhauser , Harald Lechenperg , Gerti Deutsch and others.

Photo courtyard archive

The Fotohof archive was founded in 2014 and opened in April 2015. The focus of the collection is on the documentation of the artistic production process of the works of mainly Austrian photographers.

From the first exhibition ( Fritz Macho in 1981) the processing and management of photographic life's works was part of the work of the Fotohof. In the Fotohof archiv - a documentation archive for photography based on an international model that has long been desired in Austria - these activities are given a new, permanent shelter. The archive receives artistic assets and bequests as a foundation or permanent loan and, in return, takes care of archival storage, cataloging and public accessibility and possible provision of the work for publications.

" The basic idea of ​​the archive is to create a broad collection of the represented photo artists. This should of course contain the photographs, but it is not only about the selection of the top works for an exhibition, but also about the first printouts, smaller versions of the pictures or an overview of the entire series. Preliminary drafts or additional prints are just as important for the archive as the so-called first choice of the artist. The archive should be able to document the artistic process in its entirety. This of course also includes the negatives and contact copies or the original digital data, which depict the creation process in its entirety. Written drafts, texts, documentation materials about the production and presentation history, documents and printed matter are further interests of the collection. In the ideal case, not only the artistic work can be shown and understand but read it can also gain insights into the culture of the time. "

The facilities of the archive

Fotohof archive: archive room

The archive has an air-conditioned storage room, and the Fotohof archive is also a work, research and competence center. A small exhibition room offers exhibitions and presentations of the covered subject areas. A work and training room enables the processing, digitization and printing of images, but also offers space for small courses and work opportunities for curators. An analog darkroom and book storage are also available. A database will be set up which will record all archive material and will also have a public area accessible via the homepage.

Collection holdings of the FOTOHOF archive

All or most of the holdings and bequests:
Gerti German Peter Dressler Fritz Macho Inge Morath
Hans Rustler Werner Schnelle Wolf Suschitzky Doug Stewart
Holdings that allow a far-reaching insight into the working methods:
Lillian pear tree Heinz Cibulka Josef Dapra Thomas Freiler
Heidi Harsieber Erich Hartmann Thomas Lüttge Michaela Moscouw
Otmar Thormann Edith Tudor-Hart Christian Wachter Karl Heinrich Waggerl

Fotohof edition

The journalistic activity began in 1982 with the publication of the quarterly newsletter Fotohof-Info . It appeared for the last time in 1988, as external media took over more and more of its area of ​​responsibility, accompanying its own activities and announcing exhibitions.

Since 1990 Kurt Kaindl has published the "Edition Fotohof in Otto Müller Verlag " in cooperation with the Salzburg publishing house. In this series there were around 30 volumes with a focus on artist monographs and the history of photography and photojournalism : u. a. Books by Inge Morath , Reinhart Mlineritsch , Erich Hartmann and Otmar Thormann have been published.

The "FOTOHOF edition " has existed as an independent photo book publisher since 1999 , edited by Rainer Iglar and Michael Mauracher. Around 10–15 titles appear per year and are distributed internationally, and a total of around 150 titles by Austrian and international photo artists were published by 2011; including publications by Margherita Spiluttini , Manfred Willmann , Paul Albert Leitner , Katharina Sieverding , Annegret Soltau , Hans-Christian Schink , Ricarda Roggan , Seiichi Furuya and Stéphane Couturier .

The focus of the publisher is on current, young photographic positions and it is not only work accompanying the exhibition, but emphasis is placed on presenting a publishing program that is independent of the exhibition. In addition to monographic artist books, anthologies - e. B. the biennial catalog of the month of photography: Vienna - and books on photo theory published.

In addition to books, Fotohof Verlag produces and sells photo art editions in the form of portfolios and individual works in smaller editions. These appear as special editions to accompany book publications or as independent works. These publications include editions by VALIE EXPORT , Joachim Brohm , Ilse Haider , Eva Schlegel , Lewis Baltz and Heinz Cibulka .

Fotohof library / artothek

Fotohof library view

An important part of the activities is the operation of a publicly accessible reference library with currently (2011) around 10,000 titles on Austrian and international photo history. The entire inventory of the library, including a selection of 26 international photo journals, is fully accessible via the library search on the homepage.

In the Artothek , works by international and Austrian photo artists are loaned out for a fee.

Art education

In line with its association's goal, the Fotohof also offers a didactic program in the form of workshops - for school classes, educational institutions and private individuals. There are training courses in art perception, photographic image composition, analog and digital photography and photographic art theories . At the same time there is a series of discussion events called "Conversations on Photography". Evening events are organized under this name, at which - partly in addition to the exhibition program of the gallery - photo artists and photo theorists lecture and discuss current issues in the field.


The basis of the Fotohof is the non-profit "Association for the Promotion of Authors' Photography", which was founded in 1981 with the mediation of artistic photography as an association goal. The association and its activities are financed through its own income and from federal cultural funding in Vienna as well as contributions from the city and state of Salzburg.

The "Salzburg College", which was active in photography training until the mid-1980s, had a major influence on the association and its founding. What was special about this private institution was that many high-ranking photographers held workshops and, thanks to the lively exchange with American photography culture, photography was taken seriously as a work of art. The name Fotohof is derived from the first gallery rooms, which were rented by the association in 1981 and were located in an inner courtyard in downtown Salzburg.

The principle of the association is its " flat hierarchy " and grassroots democratic organization: " All members are equally entitled to vote and discuss ", in principle there is no voting , but always only acting in consensus. Currently around 15 people work regularly at the Fotohof, and Rainer Iglar has been chairman since 1988. The association's board of directors, which consists of Brigitte Blüml, Rainer Iglar, Kurt Kaindl , Jon Kutolowski, Michael Mauracher, Karin Peyker, Andrew Phelps, Birgit Sattlecker, Herman Seidl and Gabi Wagner, is responsible for the programming .

New location: Stadtwerk Salzburg

On February 24, 2012, the Fotohof opened the new rooms in the Stadtwerke Salzburg area at the address Inge-Morath-Platz 1–3 with a presentation of the works of the Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman . In contrast to the traditional rooms in Salzburg- Nonntal , the new location offers a little more exhibition space and a lot more space for the library, a shop, offices, art library and, in particular, the didactic offer. This also made it possible to introduce a new series of exhibitions, in which - parallel to each exhibition in the main room - an outstanding photo book is extensively presented: it all started with "Interlude" by Peter Dressler and "Fiesta in Pamplona" by Inge Morath.

Together with the architects Paul Rajakovics and Barbara Holub from the architects' office "transparadiso", a room concept was specially developed which meets the needs of the Fotohof and at the same time fits the gallery transparently and openly into the ground floor of the newly built housing estate in the Salzburg district of Lehen with views of all work areas . "This concept reflects the openness of an information gallery in which the sale of high-priced art is not the top priority, but in which there should be no inhibitions about contemporary art."


The Fotohof is a member of the umbrella organization Salzburg cultural sites .

Web links

Commons : Fotohof Salzburg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Haselsteiner-Scharner, Jasmin: Fotohof 1981-2006 . In: Eikon 54/2006, p. 64.
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  3. Stein, Claudia: Interview . Photography now. No. 2/2011, p. 1.
  4. a b c Starl, Timm: "European photo institutions: Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg". In: Photonews No. 6 (2001). P. 18
  5. a b c d Stein, Claudia: Interview . Photography now. No. 2/2011, p. 5.
  6. a b Jothady, Manisha: FOTOHOF 1981 - 2006 . In: Camera Austria 94/2006, p. 90.
  7. ↑ Traveling exhibitions List and description of the traveling exhibitions at the Fotohof
  8. Salzburg State Correspondence , April 30, 2015
  9. Press release City of Salzburg
  10. Article in DiePresse on July 22, 2015 (accessed on March 29, 2016)
  11. a b Press information Fotohof
  12. Article Salzburger Nachrichten, April 30, 2015 (accessed on March 29, 2016)
  13. ( Memento of the original from July 6th, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. Guggenberger, Ulrike: "25 years of Fotohof. Movement in photography." In: Parnass 02/2006, p. 166.
  15. a b Stein, Claudia: Interview . Photography now. No. 2/2011, p. 8.
  16. Didactic info on the Fotohof page
  18. Stein, Claudia: Interview . Photography now. No. 2/2011, p. 2.
  19. Stein, Claudia: Interview . Photography now. No. 2/2011, p. 3.
  20. Rainer Iglar quoted from: Guggenberger, Ulrike: "25 years of Fotohof. Movement in photography." In: Parnass 02/2006, p. 166.
  21. Article from
  22. Fotohof project on the website of the architecture office
  23. Article on the page Drehpunkt Kultur
  24. Press information on the new opening