Wiener Photographische Blätter: 1894-1898 – Austrian photographic art journal

Wiener Photographische Blätter: 1894-1898 – Austrian photographic art journal

"Kritik" by American photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston was published as a hand-pulled photogravure in the April, 1898 issue of the Wiener Photographische Blätter.

Beginning in 1894 and continuing through 1898, the Vienna Camera Club in Austria published a monthly journal known as the Wiener Photographische Blätter (Viennese Photographic Sheets). Edited by Professor Franz Schiffner of Vienna, the publication was a showcase for the club’s views on artistic photography, (it also featured technical articles) publishing beautiful hand-pulled photogravure plates by talented Austrian photographers as well as others from around the world. Contemporary author Manon Hübscher writes:

“The Wiener Camera-Klub was also intent upon establishing itself as the leader of a growing movement in Eastern Europe.  To this end, it provided a showcase for its work by issuing a magazine entitled the Wiener Photographische Blätter.” 1.

Ten years after it was first published, photographic historian Josef Maria Eder wrote this  journal:

 “devoted itself especially to the artistic side of photography and was notable for its beautiful illustrations.” 2.

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1. Manon Hübscher: The Vienna Camera Club-Catalyst and Crucible: in: Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888-1918 : Merrell Publishers : 2006 : p.126

2. Josef Maria Eder: History of Photography: Translated by Edward Epstean: Columbia University Press: New York: 1945: p. 685