Friedl Kubelka

Friedl Kubelka (= vom Gröller, Vienna, born 1946 in London) is perhaps best known for her serial photographs (the Year’s, Month’s, Week’s and Day’s portraits) and as the founder of the Vienna School of Artistic Photography and Independent Film. In the late 1960s she began to shoot portrait films: asking her models to look into the camera for the duration of one reel of film. These silent black-and-white films are edited in the camera only, and therefore convey an intensity and intimacy stemming from the shooting process and the tension that builds between Kubelka and those portrayed. “I want to see something that has never before been seen in this form.” She explores the human psyche with both humour and shame, also giving the subject of aging rare visibility.