APPLY NOW for September 2017 – June 2018!

Fake Holidays

Foto: Reiner Riedler, Fake Holidays, Superman over Red Square, Turkey, 2006

Apply now for September 2017 – June 2018

About the Masterclass
Learning from the best – 3 master photographers will guide 16 promising photographers through the process of developing a long-term photo project. During this ten-month-long intensive masterclass, the students will learn how to develop, start, implement and present their individual photographic projects.

10 months – 10 weekends full of workshops, discussions, group activities, and reviews

Saturdays: workshops, lectures, reviews etc. led by the four masters (Andrew Phelps, Klaus Pichler, Reiner Riedler)
Sundays: workshops, lectures, reviews etc. led by guest lecturers (e.g.: Martin Kollar, Nicolo Degiorgis, Corinne Noordenbos, Simon Roberts, Laura El-Tantawy, Agnieszka Rayss, Regina Maria Anzenberger)

Only the introductory weekend will take place on three days (22.09.2017 – 24.09.2017). The goal for each photographer is to complete a long-term project during the masterclass, either an exhibition and/or a book. A final presentation of all projects will take place at AnzenbergerGallery in June, 2018.

Working on a long-term photo project you will learn how to:

  • develop ideas and concepts
  • gather information and do research
  • get started with your project
  • implement your concept
  • tell a story
  • approach people and find places to photograph
  • edit and sequence
  • make a budget for your project
  • present your work and promote your project
  • work on a book and/or exhibition

The Masterclass offers:

  • supervision by the master photographers over ten months
  • open discussions and critiques
  • individual portfolio reviews
  • lectures, workshops, and reviews by the master photographers
  • lectures, workshops, and reviews by national and international photography experts such as Gerry Badger, Martin Kollar, Nicolo Degiorgis, Corinne Noordenbos, Simon Roberts, Laura El-Tantawy, Michael Kollmann, Agnieszka Rayss, Regina Maria Anzenberger, etc.
  • workshops and seminars on topics like bookmaking, editing, copyright and budgeting

All workshops will take place at AnzenbergerGallery, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna.



The AnzenbergerMasterclass 2017/18 is almost booked out but there are very few remaining places! Apply now and write an email to or arrange a personal meeting with us for further information.


  • this workshop is designed for advanced or semi-advanced photographers who possess a high level of technical and visual skills
  • participants should be at a stage in their career where they are still open to learning new things
  • participants should understand spoken and written English
  • there are no limitations regarding age or nationality for the masterclass

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in being considered for the AnzenbergerMasterclass, please send one PDF file to including:

  • your name, address, phone number
  • a short artist bio
  • a concept for a long-term photo project (max. 2 pages with, if available, 5-10 images)
  • a portfolio or link to your website

The application is free of charge. The fee for successful applicants will be 3.950 €, including supervision by the master photographers during the masterclass and 10 weekends of workshops and lectures. Payment instructions will be given to you upon acceptance to the workshop. Successful applicants must make themselves available for all workshops – there are no refunds for days missed!

Travel & Accommodation
Participants are expected to make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation. Please ensure that you have the relevant visas and travel documents that are necessary to attend the events.

Informal get-together at 7 pm, September 21, 2017
Introductory weekend, September 22-24, 2017
2nd weekend, October 14-15, 2017
3rd weekend, November 04-05, 2017
4th weekend, December 09-10, 2017
5th weekend, January 20-21, 2018
6th weekend, February 17-18, 2018
7th weekend, March 17-18, 2018
8th weekend, April 14-15, 2018
9th weekend, May 05-06, 2018
Final presentation, June 09-10, 2018


REINER RIEDLER was born in Gmunden, Austria in 1968. He studied ethnology and attended a college for photography in Vienna. He later decided to dedicate himself solely to photography and studied image sciences at the Danube University of Krems. As a traveller, he visits the peripheries of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with all its desires and abysses. His most recent work deals with fundamental questions of existence. Exhibitions (selection): EB Galerie, Zürich; Miami Airport Art Center; Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Hamburg; Salons d’Honneur of the Town Hall Levallois, Paris; Sirius Art Center, Cork; Somerset House, Positive View Foundation, London; MOP, Denver; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.

KLAUS PICHLER was born in Vienna 1977 and raised in Judenburg in Styria. During his studies of landscape architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Klaus Pichler had already developed an intense interest in photography. The decision to devote himself exclusively to photography took place after graduation. Numerous national and international exhibitions and awards followed. Exhibitions (selection): San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; Alliance Francaise, Nairobi; Kunsthalle Krems, Krems; United Photo Industries Gallery, New York; Museum of Natural History, Vienna; United Nations FAO Headquarter, Rom; Houston International Centre for Photography, Houston; Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi; Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast; ‘Voices Off’ Festival, Arles; Joy Wai Gallery, New York.

ANDREW PHELPS is an American photographer who has been living in Europe since 1990. His work is influenced by the cross-cultural lifestyle he now leads, dividing his time between the deserts of Arizona and the Alps of Austria. He works as a curator and board member of the GALERIE FOTOHOF in Salzburg. His personal work is represented by the ROBERT MORAT GALERIE in Hamburg, GALERIE BRUNNHOFER in Linz, GALERIE JO VAN DE LOO in Munich, and he works closely with the Berlin-based agency, ART LOVE AFFAIR. Along with a constant pursuit of new work, Andrew keeps a blog about special-edition photography books called BUFFET. Andrew is a member of the PIECE OF CAKE project.

For questions please contact: Erika Maria Angerer,


Tel. 43-1-587 82 51 Fax 43-1-587 90 07