Instantly! Vienna Street Photography

Vienna’s street life in fascinating, never-before-seen photos: The exhibition “Instantly! Vienna Street Photography” traverses the city’s pictorial history. Most of the works come from the photo collection of the Wien Museum, which showcases its vast holdings like never before.

The exhibit’s focus is the developing gaze on big city life from the 1860s to the present. In addition to iconic images of Vienna that capture decisive moments in urban life, the show presents numerous never-before-exhibited or published photographs that bring the city’s everyday life as well as the lives of its inhabitants to the fore: impressive street scenes, intimate snapshots, and fleeting glimpses of urban life.

The exhibit shows how the medium of photography functioned in creating and disseminating new urban vistas. In this way, the images also tell the story of a rapidly changing metropolis. They capture the hustle and bustle on streets, squares, and markets, uncover unexpected encounters, and document moments of indolence and pleasure. The exhibition paints a new portrait of the metropolis on the Danube, inviting visitors on an exciting pictorial journey from early urban photography to the Instagram aesthetics of the present.

Accompanying the exhibition is a photo contest on Instagram “Moments, instants, snapshots!” that probes “which places are Instagramers in Vienna interested in, which street scenes do they show on the net?” This new photo contest focuses on the city as a place of encounters, and emotions and for playing with reflections, light, and shadow. In color or black and white, with a camera or smartphone, edited or not, you can participate with your photographs using the hashtag #Augenblick2022, until June 19, 2022.
A selection of the entries will be presented in the exhibition.


19 May 2022 to 23 October 2022
Wien Museum MUSA – Austria

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