Photo Collection

The photographic collection of the Weltmuseum Wien contains approximately 96,000 objects, and deserves attention from the standpoints of both ethnology and the history of photography. It began in 1880, around 40 years after the invention of photography. Its task was to support the research and exhibition activities of the Anthropological-Ethnographic department in the imperial and royal Court Natural History Museum in Vienna.

Photography was initially considered a purely documentary medium that depicted reality “objectively.” New insights came later: one recognized the subjective character of photography and considered aesthetic questions. One became conscious of the degree to which the view of the world and its inhabitants is influenced through media.

The collection includes important examples of early travel and research photography, including works by Albert Frisch, Joachim von Brenner-Felsach, Otto Finsch, Oscar Baumann, Eduard Hodek, Rudolf Pöch, Helene and Rudolf Oldenburg, Christoph Fürer-Haimendorf und Mario Baldi. In addition, the extensive holdings document the development of commercial photography outside of Europe in the late 19th century through photos from established studios.

Director: Mag. Christine Zackel M.A.


Selected objects

Japanesin im Winter
Fotograf/in: Japanisches Fotostudio
Maskentänzer in Bamum
Fotograf/in: Rudolf Oldenburg
"Amaúas, Indiens Antropophages assis et debout avec armes et ornements"
Fotograf/in: Albert Frisch
Sultan Hasan Moschee in Kairo
Fotograf/in: Bonfils
Homme connu - Iba Hambi. Fils d'un chef
Zugeschrieben an: Prinz Roland Napoléon Bonaparte
225 Ellora, Kailas Tempel (Durchblick, Mitte)
Fotograf/in: Ludwig Politzer
Frau am Webstuhl
Fotograf/in: Woodbury and Page
Portrait eines Würdenträgers von der Insel Chuuk (ehem. Insel Truk), Zentralkarolinen, Mikronesien
Verleger: Ludwig Friederichsen
Propria, am Rio São Francisco
Fotograf/in: Mario Baldi
Bororo-Häuptling
Fotograf/in: Mario Baldi
Mario Baldi mit Bororo-Mädchen
Totentänze der Orarimugudoge-Indianer
Fotograf/in: Mario Baldi
Karajá-Frauen und Mädchen
Fotograf/in: Mario Baldi
Cheyenne-Häuptling Wolf Robe
Fotograf/in: F. A. Rinehart
Zapotekinnen von Tehuantepec
Fotograf/in: Theobert Maler
Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand beim Old Faithfull
Fotograf/in: Eduard Hodek jun.
Kaiser Maximilian u. sein Gefolge; Baum der Traurigen Nacht
Slg.: Richard Edmund Emanuel Kerschel-Kernegg
Eskimofrauen
Slg.: Rudolf Trebitsch
Javanische Händler
Fotograf/in: Woodbury and Page
Dajakhütte auf Borneo, davor Schädeltrophäen
Slg.: A. Roretz
Wayang-topeng: Verwandte der Prinzessin Mangleo Negoro; Schauspielerin, eine topeng-Maske haltend
Slg.: Dr. Hermann Bell
Landschaft "In a creek near Lápil village, Great Nicobar. The canoe is loaded with split cane, a large trade in which is carried on by the natives of Gt. Nicobar with their neighbours as well as with traders
Fotograf/in: Edward Horace Man
Bewohner von Samuki (Bontoc) bearbeiten ihre Reisfelder
Fotograf/in: Alexander Schadenberg
 

Information

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Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
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