Early press photographers conveyed the world in an entirely unprecedented way. With their cameras, they transformed headlines into expressive images. They captured everyone from Kaiser and Chancellor to famous footballers and illustrious stage actors, from policemen and soldiers to prostitutes and criminals. Their images reflected not only the grand world of politics, but also the man on the street.
Photography historian Anton Holzer explores the early roots and development of modern press photography in his richly illustrated book Rasende Reporter. Eine Kulturgeschichte des Fotojournalismus (Roving Reporters. A Cultural History of Photojournalism). Focusing primarily on the example of Austria, he offers a vivid description of the everyday reality experienced by our early photojournalists, and illustrates the origins of the public representation of reality we are so familiar with today.
WestLicht Gallery, 30 October 2014, 19.00: Book presentation by Anton Holzer, photography historian and publisher of the magazine Fotogeschichte. Followed by a discussion with Michael Freund, Webster University.
For further information visit: Primus Verlag und WestLicht