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Salon Talk VI. From analogue photography to digital images

Silvie Aigner, editor in chief of PARNASS art magazine, in conversation with the experts Felix Hoffmann (Foto Arsenal Vienna) Rainer Iglar (Fotohof Salzburg) and Gerda Ridler (Landesgalerie Niederösterreich).

February 6, 2024, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, Kristiania Lech 


With the invention of photography in 1839, a new and remarkable phenomenon emerged in the history of images and the visual arts: photography opened up completely new possibilities. In 1947, the first instant camera was presented in New York by its inventor Edwin Herbert Land. The Polaroid company had invented a camera that did not require a negative and produced the pictures in just a few seconds. It was a sensation at the time. But the rise and fall of analogue photography lasted less than a hundred years. While photography had to assert itself against painting in its early days, today it has to assert itself against the technical possibilities of digital modernity. However, the relevance of photography is unbroken and instant cameras have now been rediscovered and have become cult objects for a young generation. We will discuss photo art and photo artists, collecting and properly storing photography, the history of the Polaroid collection and the significance of the two institutions Fotohof Salzburg and the recently founded new centre for photography Foto Arsenal Wien.


The salon talks are a collaboration between Hotel Kristiania Lech, Sturm&Schober art Gallery and the art magazine PARNASS. After the talk, we invite you to drinks and a relaxed exchange with the artist, the experts and the audience.



Photographies: © Felix Hoffmann: Foto © Michael Dooney. Rainer Iglar: Foto © Fotohof Salzburg. Gerda Ridler: Foto: © Alexandra Bruckböck. Inge Dick: Foto: Herman Seidl