Upcoming exhibition:
Mark Steinmetz − united states
Opens: 24 January, 7 pm

Exhibition run: 25 January − 23 March 2019

Mark Steinmetz - Camp Rockbrook, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 1996

With the exhibition Mark Steinmetz united states the FOTOHOF gallery proudly presents one of the most remarkable contemporary US-American photographers who, through his 40 years of consistent and stoic work, has become an influential personality for many photographers − also in Europe − yet this overview of Steinmetz's work is the first solo exhibition in Austria.

Excerpts from the most important work cycles of the last three decades, and a collection of all sixteen of his to-date published photo books, illustrate the discreetness and poetic vigor that shape his works. Steinmetz fascinates as mindful chronicler. In his pictures, he characterizes discreetly deliberate states of an American everyday life. Many of his explorations are located in the sweaty Dixie, the hard-bitten southern States with their ramshackled elegance. The encounters, which Steinmetz shares with us, are characterised by curiosity, respect and restraint. His scenic observations and portraits are almost intimate, yet surprisingly unobtrusive.

Mark Steinmetz creates an atmosphere that leads everyone, the photographer, the protagonists and the viewer into a state of special unitedness that is not distracted by poses. Of course his work catalogs, almost casually, all the ATMs, telephone booths, fast food places and automobiles that intertwine our present with space and time. Nevertheless, everything seems detached and in the sense of a new, own fiction.The serene gaze of Mark's pictures tell of a world far beyond simple political or social attribution, which often obscure the view on American society. Mark Steinmetz once called his homeland a "half-grown, adolescent country" and in that sense his accounts of the dilemmas of youth carry more humor and complexity than most comparable genre photos.

Mark Steinmetz works patiently on long-term projects that arise or appear somehow anti-cyclically. At the same time, they formulate themselves in a forward and backward movement to series, the frames of which are often described by a place or a region. The projects are primarily constituted in book form, which are thematically moving in periods of an era.
In the southern trilogy describes e.g. Greater Atlanta, the atmosphere of a broken carefree euphoria of gasoline-impaired mobility, and the title of the first part, South Central, derives from the South Central Bell telephone company that wired Knoxville. This series is reminiscent of the socio-economic state of the region before the digitalization of everyday life. Like scenes from epic movies, these images come to you precisely and full of honest fascination with humans. They reveal conditions and still keep the mystery intact.

In the USA, Mark Steinmetz's oeuvre is represented in most of the major collections for contemporary photography.

united states (after the premiere in Munich / Lothringer13 Halle and the Amerikahaus in Munich) were newly arranged by the curators Lene Harbo Pedersen and Jörg Koopmann with Mark Steinmetz and FOTOHOF.

Mark Steinmetz, *1961, lives in Athens, Georgia (USA)


FOTOHOF archive:
Gerti Deutsch − Life in Japan

Gerti Deutsch - aus der Serie: Life in Japan 1960

FOTOHOF archive
Sparkassenstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg
Opening hours: on appointment only

Exhibition run: 24 January − 27 July 2019




Rudolf Strobl - dye

Book presentation in Vienna

Wolfgang Zurborn − KARMA DRIVER

16 November - Book presentation at FOTOHOF

Katharina Gruzei - Bodies of Work

Book presentation & closing reception in LInz

Fotobook Festival Kassel

FOTOHOF edition book table

Inge Morath Exhibition

Das Verborgene Museum, Berlin

Events / New books

FOTOHOF edition

Hans Rustler
A photographic discovery from Salzburg

Exhibition opening and talk
19 April 2018, 7 pm

Paul Kranzler / Andrew Phelps

Book presentation at FOTOHOF

it's a book

Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany

Polycopies Paris

Photo Book Fair

Retracing Inge Morath's footsteps

Exhibition opening and Reading at the FOTOHOF archive

Exhibition: Marianne Strobl

Photoinstitut Bonartes, Vienna

Heinz Cibulka

Book presentation at Gallery Heike Curtze / Vienna

Simon Lehner - Jaga

Book presentation at Salzburger Freilichtmuseum

Erwin Polanc - 8630 Mariazell

Book presentation in Graz

MissRead Art Book Fair

FOTOHOF edition in Berlin

Inge Morath

Exhibition at GrazMuseum

FOTOHOF edition

Summer 2017 Dates - Arles / Berlin


Book presentation at Photoinstitute Bonartes, Vienna