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The research project is funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund and started at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna in February 2014. For the first time, all the staff of the Allied picture services as well as freelance Austrian press photographers active in the decennium after WWII will be identified, the organisational structures of the photographic services will be described, the interplay between national and international picture agencies will be documented, and the channels of distribution for press photography will be analysed. A further objective of the project is an analysis of how the Cold War was fought in the visual media of that time.



Our latest publication: Visual Propaganda during the cold war in Austria

The research team published its findings on the pictorial services of all four allied forces in postwar Austria. Read more about the scope and impact of visual propaganda during the cold war in Austria: Marion Krammer, Margarethe Szeless & Fritz Hausjell (Hg.), Alliierte Bildpolitik in Österreich 1945 – 1955, in: Medien & Zeit 1/2017

Our FWF-funded Science Communication Project „History through the Viewfinder“ started!

In September 2016, our FWF-funded science communication project "History through the Viewfinder" started. The project is a cooperation between the Department of Communications and the Fachdidaktikzentrum Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politische Bildung of the University of Vienna. It aims at introducing the results of our research project „War of Pictures. Austrian Pressphotography 1945-1955“ to a broader audience.

The project team will design an online exhibition about occupied postwar Austria and its media representation in contemporay illustrated magazines. The exhibition will also contain didactical material catering to high school pupils from 4th to 6th grade. Furthermore workshops related to the content of the online exhibition will be held at Viennese high schools in autumn 2017. More news to follow!

Photomedia Conference, Helsinki  

Marion Krammer and Margarethe Szeless presented their paper "Returning Prisoner of War. Revisiting Ernst Haas' iconic photographs" at "Helsinki Photomedia - Photographic Agencies and Materialities", March 30, 2016 - April, 1, 2016. 

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