OPEN CALL – apply now for the AnzenbergerMasterclass 2018/2019

Fake Holidays

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

ANZENBERGERMASTERCLASS September 2018 – June 2019
Apply now until May 31, 2018 by sending your portfolio, a concept for a long-term photo project and a short artist bio to

About the Masterclass
Learning from the best – 4 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 (Kristin Dittrich, Andrew Phelps, Klaus Pichler, Reiner Riedler)
Sundays: workshops, lectures, reviews etc. led by guest lecturers (e.g.:Gerry Badger, Nicolo Degiorgis, Klaus Honnef, Corinne Noordenbos, Simon Roberts, Laura El-Tantawy, Agnieszka Rayss, Regina Maria Anzenberger)

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, 2019.

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, Nicolo Degiorgis, Klaus Honnef, Corinne Noordenbos, Simon Roberts, Laura El-Tantawy, 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.



Apply now until May 31, 2018 by sending one PDF 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


  • 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

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.



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.

KRISTIN DITTRICH was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1977 she studied art history photography and curatorial studies in Heidelberg with Nicolaus Schafhausen and at the Sorbonne with Prof. Michel Poivert. Through her constant practice and exchange with worldwide actors in the field, Kristin succeeds in understanding a lot about quality issues and uniqueness in content in the contemporary image worldwide. She has specialized experience with the successful development of photography formats in series, portfolios, books and exhibitions. Since 15 years she works as critic, educator, visual director and curator. Her professional references include the founding and establishment of the international photography festival f/stop Leipzig (until 2011), her part of the founding team of the Paris photo and her working experience in the curatorial field at the Kunsthalle Rudolfinum in Prague. Kristin got already invited as a Guest lecturer at the University of Leipzig in the field of photography for three years and worked at the documenta 13 in Kassel, were she produced extensive projects for artists of the world art scene. She also worked as an independent reviewer at festivals in Arles, Houston, Birmingham, Zagreb and Toronto. In 2014 Kristin founded the Shift School of photography in contemporary art, focusing on international photography knowledge, mentoring and curating photography. In 2016 Kristin Dittrich took over the first entire Steidl photo book library with over 1000 Steidl books, which exclusively represents and teaches the Steidl photographic oeuvre between the 70s and the actual photography worldwide. Since 2017 she collaborates with Regina Anzenberger in Vienna. Kristin Dittrich has curated several major exhibition projects and festival productions around the subject of human existence, for example about the trust (2007), Close and distance ( 2008), In the Hidden ( 2010) Destroyed Images (2012), The hard life of a plant in a big city (2016) were she included the most relevant contemporary artists of our time.

For questions please contact: Erika Maria Angerer,


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