Maria Austria, Living for Photography

On view until 2 September 2018

From 26 January to 2 September 2018, an exhibition about the famous Amsterdam-Jewish photographer Maria Austria (1915-1975) is displayed in the Jewish Historical Museum. It's the first time her comprehensive and versatile oeuvre from the 1930s to 1975 is shown in reciprocal context.

In earlier exhibitions in 1989 and 2001, the museum showed the innovative and splendid theater photography of Austria and pictures of reconstruction. Now, a more complete picture of her photography is presented, with many unknown and rediscovered work, including portraits and reportage photography. Very impressive is a series of 150 pictures from the Achterhuis, made in 1954 on behalf of Otto Frank. This new overview of Maria Austria's work is based on research by Martien Frijns, AFdH publisher. Simultaneously with the exhibition, a very comprehensive biographical outline of her life and work appears.

This exhibition was established in collaboration with Martien Frijns, Maria Austria Instituut (MAI) in Amsterdam and Helly Oestreicher. The MAI stores, manages and operates the archives of Maria Austria and many other famous photographers.

Related to this exhibition, there is also a presentation in the National Holocaust Museum in development. From march 12, eleven poems from the camp diary of Felix Oestreicher will be shown.



This exhibition is on view at the Jewish Historical Museum


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Header photo: Maria Austria, self-portrait, Vienna, thirties © Maria Austria Institute / MAI

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