The objective of this publication is to trace and describe the artistic and institutional decisions that have influenced the work of Camera Austria, which has been made visible through numerous exhibitions and symposiums on photography and, since 1980, by the magazine Camera Austria International. Operating through a comprehensive network of photographers, academics, and art critics from all over the world, the “laboratory” Camera Austria has shaped the photographic culture both internationally and regionally. At the centre of the book are positions of artists that Camera Austria has worked with for exhibitions, who have presented their work at the symposiums and contributed to the magazine. This publication accompanies the exhibition Camera Austria. Laboratory for Photography and Theory at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, from 24 November 2018 to 4 March 2019.
The publication is dedicated to the Austrian association Camera Austria and its institutional history and network from its foundation as an independent artists’ project in the mid-1970s to the present.