Austrian photographer Franz Hubmann started to work as a textile engineer and turned the hobby of photographing to his profession only after the World War II. As a 32-year-old family father, in 1946 he decided to attend a three-year course at the Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna. Together with Karl Pawek he founded the magazine magnum – die Zeitschrift für das moderne Leben in 1954. The magazine aimed at leading the general public gently into life in times of modernity. Hubmann’s picture series, for example of the legendary Viennese Café Hawelka, made him famous. For over 60 years, the »human-interest photographer« captured everyday life in cities like Vienna, Paris, Hamburg or New York. He also took pictures of nationally and internationally known artists and published his work in more than 80 photobooks on contemporary, historical and ethnological topics. Hubmann is seen as one of the doyens of Austrian circles of photography, as the »Austrian Cartier-Bresson«. He, like no other, understood how to capture the typical Viennese way of life.
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