Vienna Vintage Photo Fair (affiliate)


Trade fair with 35 domestic and international dealers and experts.

On Sunday, April 7th, 2024 the 2nd edition of the Vienna Vintage Photo Fair will be held at the MuseumsQuartier Wien – Architekturzentrum/Podium, featuring the participation of 35 domestic and international dealers and experts. On this distinctive fair photo-historical rarities and unique vernacular photographs spanning three centuries will be on display, all available for sale to a broad and diverse audience.

The inaugural event at the MuseumsQuartier Vienna drew over 1,000 visitors in June 2023. This one-day event offers a unique opportunity in German-speaking countries to explore and acquire original photo-historical rarities. Thirty-five dealers from Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Argentina will showcase art and vernacular photography spanning two centuries. The offered pieces range from the first daguerreotypes (the pioneering photography process from 1839) of the 19th century to subsequent black and white photographs, up to color photographs from the second half of the 20th century.

The Vienna Vintage Photo Fair is a sales fair for creative people looking for inspiration, for curators, historians, regional researchers, nostalgics, interior designers and generally for an art and culture-loving audience. The event is not only a platform for like-minded people, but also aims to stimulate interest in historical photography. Engage in conversations with collectors and experts in the field to discover more about their approaches and passion. 

The supporting programme will feature photo conservator Janka Krizanova from Bratislava who will teach about the daguerreotype, the earliest photographic process. Photographer Markus Hofstätter will offer live portrait shootings using the historical collodion wet plate photo process ( Vienna based Photoinstitut Bonartes will present scientific publications on historical photography topics and the Friedl Kubelka School of Artistic Photography will present current works by its students. Take the opportunity to travel back in time from the perspective of the first photographers of the 19th and early 20th centuries and acquire a piece of contemporary history.

The Vienna Vintage Photo Fair assembles memorabilia and found objects from three centuries creating a visual cabinet of technical and artistic curiosities. Nostalgia, hunting instinct and thirst for knowledge tempt you to browse extensively. For the smartphone generation, this immersion in the physical cosmos of images is no longer a given: the analogue photo has now become a rarity. The Vienna Vintage Photo Fair provides the ideal contrast program for this. It offers a tactile experience, allows room for serendipity, and provides a diverse range of ideas. The aura of the original encourages reflection on its origins and history, as well as imaginary journeys into the past.

All photographs offered are so-called “vintage prints”. These are prints from the respective era that were made immediately after the negative was created, usually by the photographers themselves or under their personal supervision.


Vienna Vintage Photo Fair 2024
Sunday 7 April 2024, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
MuseumsQuartier Wien – Architekturzentrum/Podium
Free admission!
Trade fair with 35 domestic and international dealers and experts.

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