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Leo Kandl – People and Places

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Leo Kandl (b. Mistelbach, Austria, 1944; lives in Vienna) has been making visual history for more than four decades. Kandl studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before turning to photography in the 1970s. He is a member of the first generation of auteur photographers in Austria. His generation established a clear photographic language in the tradition of “straight photography” and was very active in the newly established photo galleries and institutions. Kandl’s series 'Weinhaus' (1979/1980) has become part of the classic pictorial inventory of Austrian photography, exemplifying his combination of rigorous composition with socially relevant subjects.

Margit Zuckriegl, the chairwoman of the award jury and curator of the exhibition, has selected around a hundred prints from the museum’s holdings as well as recent works to present an overview of Kandl’s oeuvre since the 1980s. By honoring Leo Kandl with this year’s Otto Breicha Award for Photography and the exhibition 'Leo Kandl. People and Places – Photographs from 40 Years', the Museum der Moderne Salzburg pays tribute to an eminent photographic oeuvre.

Please find more information at Museum der Moderne

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