With this exhibition by the Austrian photographer Gerhard Trumler, born in 1937, the AnzenbergerGallery is featuring another master of classic black-and-white photography. Through several excellent vintage prints prepared by the photographer himself, the daily life of farmers in the rugged cultural landscape of the Waldviertel is portrayed in a poetic way. In Trumler's photographs, we are introduced to a mythical region, getting glimpses into houses there, and discovering unique characters.
Trumler spent his early youth in the Waldviertel and the photographic documentation of rural culture has always been a theme in his photographic work. In this series, the essence of his work is particularly notable, as well as the influence on him by great American photographers such as Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz and even Ansel Adams.
Trumler presents his dream landscape – which he knows better than almost anyone else – with great passion and masterful technique, capturing a vanishing region. Such a detailed and extremely elaborate historical documentation during the last quarter of the 20th century will probably not occur again in Austria, as Trumler's work creates an important foundation for the understanding and knowledge of rural life and nature, both now and for future generations.