Logo: Gerald Zugmann - Fotografie KG
Photographs are skins, pelliculae, simulacra, removed from the things that surround us or are even concealed from view.

The earliest photographs were as thin and fine in their material structure as the sheets of paper that received them – photogenic drawings, morphologies, exposed once in the contact and then removed from the light again between the pages of books. Photographs are leaves, life pages of a book, delicate, grassy, transparent pages of nature and manifest pages of built objects, the architecture of our world.

Gerald Zugmann - Fotografie KG Architectural photography | Projects | Gerald Zugmann | Vienna

In the 1970th Gerald Zugmann started to photograph architecture. Through the years he worked with outstanding Austrian and international architects like Coop Himmelb(l)au, Snøhetta, Günther Doming, Haus-Rucker-Co, Hans Hollein, Boris Podrecca, Carl Pruscha, Berger & Pakkinen and others. Most of his works were less pure documentation and more taking pictures from an accompanied view. He has always been interested in the accurate perception of objects, the showing of formal ideas, in a constructive perfection.

Coop Himmelb(l)au

Special emphasis should be placed on the collaboration with the architectural office Coop Himmelb(l)au, that lasted for decades. Most of the photographed buildings were shot between 1977 and 2007. Among those are projects like Reiss Bar, Roter Engel, Studio Baumann, Dachausbau Falkestrasse, UFA Kinopalast and BMW Welten.

At the beginning of the cooperation Coop Himmelb(l)au has been relatively unknown, realised less projects and worked more theoretically. In this context many architectural models have been developed, that have been studies with work characteristic. The task was to visually uncover the ideas behind the pictures that has been taken from the models. A task that perfectly matched the photographic interest of Zugmann. In 2002 he summarised a selection from these works by publishing his artist book Blue Universe – Modelle zu Bildern machen.

Günther Domenig

The work for Günther Domenig (1934-2012) always had a great meaning to Gerald Zugmann. He photographed the main works of this great Austrian architecture, including the Funderwerk II, the Kärntner Landesausstellung Hüttenberg, the documentation centre Reichsparteitagsgelände Nürnberg and – over many years – the personal opus magnum and the synthesis of the arts of the artist: The Steinhaus am Ossiacher See.


Excerpts of a time bar – architectural photography | Gerald Zugmann | Vienna

Since the 1980s repeated photographs for the landscape and architecture project The Pit by Peter Noever (an Austrian designer and the later director of MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art).

In 1989 Gerald Zugmann photographed his photo essay O Puro Longe, liberto do peso do Actual on the famous Tomba Brion by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) and for the exhibition Carlo Scarpa: The Other City/Die andere Stadt at the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. In 1995 he re-released this series with the publication architecture in the box.

In 1995 Gerald Zugmann photographed numerous buildings from the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler (1887-1953) in order by the MAK Centre in Los Angeles. The Gelatin Silver Prints of these photographs were shown in 1996 in the Zero Gallery, Santa Monica and have been published in this form in his book Zugmann:Schindler.

In 1995 a photo series on the restructuring of the Semper-Depot in Vienna by Carl Pruscha (Austrian architect and rector of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) was created.

In 1998 a large picture series dealt with the architecture of Vienna from the renaissance to the present time.

In the years 1998-2001 Gerald Zugmann spent most of his time in California. During that period he photographed plenty of historical, but particularly modern and contemporary architectures of George ApplegarthJohn AustinBlakewell and BrownBernard MaybeckGreen & GreenJulia MorganFrank Lloyd WrightWilliam CurlettCharles MooreLouis KahnAlbert FreyPierre KoenigEeron SaarinenJohn LautnerFrank GehryEric Owen Moss and others.

For Snøhetta (founded in 1989 by Craig Edward Dykers, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Christoph Kapeller) Zugmann photographed the multiple awarded Bibliotheca Alexandrina (2001) and the also highly awarded Oslo Opera House (2008).

2006-2007 a picture series on the Karl-Marx-Hof was created. This was one of the most important community buildings in Vienna during the time between the world wars. These photographs were published with the Holzhausen Verlag in 2007.

In 2007 followed a photo series on the Haus neben der Schmiede (South Tyrol), made by the Austrian sculptor and architect Walter Pichler (1946-2012).

In 2008 a photo series on the restructuring of the historical building Altes Schloss Gattendorf by Carl Pruscha, an Austrian architect and the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, was created.

2009-2012 Zugmann made a series on the rebuilding of the 20er / 21er Haus by Karl Schwanzer, conducted by Adolf Krischanitz.

In 2015 a photo series showed the project Hornsey SiteStudio living space by the Austrian artist Karl Hikade.