Camera Austria

Title Camera Austria
Location Graz
Publisher Camera Austria
Periodicity Quarterly
ISSN 1015-1915
Published Since 1980
Indexed Holdings 2000-


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Periodical's Overview

“The Camera Austria project is dedicated to the artistic, theoretical, scientific, curatorial and publicistic exploration of photography in the context of contemporary art, new media and social developments. Special attention is given to current approaches that focus on the dispositifs of photography and new image media, their modes of operation and patterns of reception against the background of overall cultural conditions."

Selected Subject Headings

  • Architecture and photography
  • Art and society - Austria
  • Baader-Meinhof gang in art
  • Bunkers (fortification) - Switzerland
  • Coding theory
  • Grupo de arte callejero (group)
  • Hysteria in art
  • Image
  • Interfunktionen, Cologne (periodical)
  • London Terrorist Bombings, London, England, 2005
  • Lynching - United States - photographs
  • Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg
  • Military bases, American - Japan - Okinawa-ken
  • Photography - theory
  • Photography, African diasporic
  • Religion and society - Austria
  • Strangers
  • Transvestites - pictorial works - exhibitions
  • Women wrestlers


A long running periodical, Camera Austria has devoted sustained thought through the years to the photographic image, or ‘the image,’ in all its variables: as art, in art, in media, as media.

Firmly based in Austria, but with an international approach, and under the editorial hand of Christine Frisinghelli and a variable roster of other editors Camera Austria is a rigorously structured endeavor. By this is meant that one can expect every three months in-depth articles dedicated to different figures that use photography as their artistic medium; from ‘classical photographers’ to artistic practices that use photography as one of the many mediums at their disposal. This now common openness to thinking about photography was adventurous when the magazine first appeared. What might appear as an uncritical postmodern gesture is countered by a rigorous analysis of the contexts, social and political, in which these images, or artworks, circulate. These analyses are given space either on the texts dedicated to particular artists or image-makers, or in different serialized texts in which cultural critics, most of them from a German-speaking milieu, dwell and probe what can be thought of, and with images, nowadays.

Camera Austria is also a generous magazine, giving space in its Focus section to younger image-makers who are granted two pages in which present their work and their words, if they have any; or invite others to elaborate on what is it they do, or are trying to do.

With a focus on the German-speaking world, but with an openness to Eastern Europe and the Western international, their exhibition and book reviews are good indicators of the status of photography in the publishing and gallery, institutional or biennial exhibition circuits.

To browse, read, and look at Camera Austria’s pages can give the reader and viewer a more nuanced and historically grounded understanding of the liquid-world of images we are bound to inhabit for a duration.

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