Photography by Annelies Oberdanner.
Fotohof Editions, 2009. 200 pp., 170 color illustrations, 6¼x9½".
Photographer Annelies Oberdanner’s second book of images of Vienna, this volume
deepens her exploration of this magical city, delving even further into its color and
atmosphere. At first glance, Oberdanner’s photos seem to be telling only part of
the story, but they reveal a mystery as the viewer studies each image. Don’t expect
picture-postcard scenes: she focuses on non-descript areas of town, looking
behind the obvious facades at the surprising beauty of bare-branched trees
mantled in snow, a potted plant abandoned on a sidewalk, high-rises sprouting
from rubble. These unembellished, almost casual, scenes give a truer portrait of
Vienna than any glossy guidebook.
Read John Mathews's review of Wien 2 in photo-eye Magazine.