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Opening: Paul Albert Leitner

> 07.10.2023 7:30 PM

On the occasion of the festive opening on October 7th at 19:00 in the FOTOHOF>Galerie, a generous donation of 80 framed photographs by Paul Albert Leitner from the holdings of the FOTOHOF>ARCHIV will be presented—cityscapes, landscapes, street scenes, self-portraits. This opening provides a representative overview of the work of this great Austrian photographer.

Leitner, known for his irony and wit, often appears in his own images: “Me, myself in a hotel”—the hotel room as the quintessential transitory space—always with precise image legend, concretely named with name and room number, place and time—becomes the stage for the staging of conscious lingering, of the here and now.

In his images, Leitner becomes an art figure in changing episodes of life, proving to be a master at recognizing the shimmer in the everyday and identifying the moment as glamorous. As sensitive as he is to the poetry in the everyday, so concrete and factual is Leitner in his photographic stance, a documentarist through and through. His works reveal the beauty and oddity of the world while also unveiling the magic of photography: His shots are testimonies to the uniqueness of constellations and the preciousness of fleeting moments.

The opening on October 7th is not only a tribute to Leitner’s generous donation to the FOTOHOF>ARCHIV but also an invitation to experience and discuss the fascinating world of Paul Albert Leitner’s photography in a celebratory setting.

Paul Albert Leitner, “Florida“, 2004, C-printPaul Albert Leitner, “Selbstporträt, Hotel Giuseppe Tartini, Pirna, Slovenia. Sunday, 9. Februrar 1997, around 9 o'clock 20 minutes“, 1997, C-print from b/w negative