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----------------------------------------------------....................---.INTERVIEW WITH JOHANNES FABER



Could you introduce yourself?

My name is Johannes Faber. I am the owner of Galerie Johannes Faber in Vienna, Austria. We are spezialized in Austrian and Czech as well as American and European Classic Modern photographs.

How did you get involve with photography? How did you end up specializing in this one area?
Coming from amateur photography I started with my first works based on art phtography (documentations of Viennese districts) in the end of the seventies.

About  Galerie Johannes Faber, could you tell us how this idea comes up? What is the main idea of having a project like this one?
Quite soon I realized that there was no suitable infrastructure for photography in Austria. So I opened my gallery in 1983. From the beginning I strictly divided my own art work from the gallery work (I did not exhibit my own photographs). The exhibitions have been devoted to fine art photography because art-based photography has already been shown in other galleries.

What do you like the most about working in this kind of project?
I enjoy working with photography. Through this work I encrease my knowlegde about photography since 30 years.



RUDOLF KOPPITZ (Austrian, 1884-1936)
Movement Study, Vienna 1925
Vintage silver print, signed; 27,3x20,7cm
Copyright: Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber


What was your first encounter with the world of selling art?
About 1975 I started to collect photographs at flea-markets and antiquariats. Soon I sold or traded some of the photographs, since 1983 in my gallery.

What are your expectations of someone who visits Galerie Johannes Faber?
The visitors are usually interested in Classic Modern photography. An exchange of ideas can be developed between clients and the gallery.

You are specialized in vintage photography, but you also have a few big names in your website that could be consider part of the Contemporary Photography world. Is it part of your private collection or they represent another point of view of the Gallery?
The contemporary photographers we are showing are not another point of view of the gallery. We only show them because their way of working is a classic modern one. We do not work with „cutting edge“ photographers.

How do you balance the business side of photography?
From the beginning the purpose of the gallery was not only showing photography but also selling it. I wanted to develop new and enthusiastic collectors.



MORIZ NÄHR (Austrian, 1859-1945)
Gustav Klimt, Vienna 1912
Vintage silver print, signed; 22,6x16,8cm
Copyright: Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber


How do you feel about contemporary photography?

Of course I am interested in it, but it is not a part of my gallery program.

How do you feel about using new technologies for photographic proposals? Do you think the new technologies are affecting the way how we see photography nowadays?
What are the main differences in analog photography and digital photography in the sense of how the authors are facing the process of making pictures?
In my opinion the new technologies did not affect the way of seeing photography ...
In the world of art photography it does not make any difference, if the picture was taken in an analog or a digital way. It is only the quality that counts and also the quality of the printing material (for example acid free inks and paper for digital works).

What do you think, with your experience, that your gallery is looking for in a photographer´s portfolio?
I believe that it is much more important that a photographer finds out which gallery is the right one for his work. The photographer has to get familiar with the different gallery programs to see where he fits in.

Which portfolio (photographer) is the one you like most and why?
I am fascinated by the work of photographers like Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Rudolf Koppitz, Heinrich Kühn, Josef Sudek or Edward Weston who devoted their lifes to photography and worked with a high artistic standard without the claim to make „art“.

So, what's next for you?
Since 1995 we are participating in artfairs around the world (AIPAD Photography Show, New York; Paris Photo; Art Cologne; TEFAF, Maastricht a.o.) In the second half of 2010 we are participating in four artfairs in Austria, Germany and France.
At the moment there is an exhibition of the famous Austrian photographer Rudolf Koppitz at the gallery. The next show will be about the work of the German photographer Otto Steinert whose influence was very important in the European post-war period.

 

 

BILL BRANDT (British, b. Germany, 1904-1983)
Nude with Elbow, London 1952
Vintage silver print, signed; 34,3x28,6cm
Copyright: Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber
 
 
 
HEINRICH KÜHN (Austrian, b. Germany, 1866-1944)
Nude Study in Sunlight, Tyrol 1906
Vintage silver print, signed; 23,9x17,8cm
Copyright: Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber
 
 
 
MAN RAY (American, 1890-1976)
Rayogram, Paris 1922
Vintage silver print, stamped; 22,1x17,3cm
Copyright: Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber
 
 
 
MAN RAY (American, 1890-1976)
Rayogram, Paris 1922
Vintage silver print, stamped; 22,1x17,3cm
Copyright: Courtesy Galerie Johannes Faber
 
 
 
 
More Info: Galerie Johannes Faber http://www.jmcfaber.at/
 

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