Cora Pongracz (1943 – 2003)
Elfriede Gerstl, Vienna, ca. 1971
From the edition »Austrian Avant-Garde of the 1970s«
Limited edition of 5
Unmounted print 700 €
Mounted in mat 760 €
Elfriede Gerstl (1932–2009) survived the Holocaust by hiding in various locations. The important Viennese writer of Jewish origins started to publish her work since the second half of the 1950s. Elfriede Jelinek later described her writings as »pervasive undertones«.
Cora Pongracz photographed the then 40-year-old for the jacket of a planned book of poems. On closer inspection the seemingly quiet portrait reveals evocative shades in the sitter's mimic, showing also the photographer's preference for transitory moments of subtle reactions. Hereby she sets her photography apart from the classic studio portrayal and its claim for an essential depiction of the sitter.
Gelatin silver print from the original negative, print date: 2015
Bildmaße 30 x 45 cm (30 x 45 inch)
Montage, Rahmen Archival mat board 50 x 65 cm (optional), frame upon request
Double weight baryta, semi-matte surface
Estate stamp »Nachlass Cora Pongracz © OstLicht« and edition number in pencil on the reverse
Marie Röbl, Peter Coeln (ed.), Cora Pongracz. Das fotografische Werk, Vienna 2016, p. 61.
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