Viennese Types is a wonderful book of superb photographs by a photographer whose work had been lost to us, and has now been found again. The pictures describe a world that was common at the beginning of the twentieth century, and that now seems as remote as the world of Bruegel.
John Szarkowski, Director Emeritus,
Department of Photographs, The Museum of Modern Art
When you couple the sheer beauty of this work to its historical importance, you get the treasure that
is Viennese Types.
an exquisite edition
The best of Mayer’s photographs embody a kind of visual
this quiet, sublime little book represents a historic landmark for photography
Prepare to be
is a wonderful opportunity to view the pastthe photographic past as well
as a lost period of historythrough a unique pair of eyes
Mayer’s extraordinary pictures of Viennese
daily life are much more than snapshots
We should be delighted that they survived.
Photography, the quintessentially modern, curious art, has, with the passage of time and
modernity’s accelerating destruction of pastness, accumulated for our melancholy inspection the most
irrefutable and poignant cargo of memory. Thanks to Edward Rosser for this window on a lost world and
the recovery, in Emil Mayer, of a masterful photographer who had been lost to us.
One of the best photography books of the year
One of the 10 best art books of the year
Winner, 50 Books/50 Covers Competition
Finalist, IPPY 2000 Book Awards, Photography category
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