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Franz Xaver SETZER Actor Burgtheater | Austria 1920s

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Franz Xaver SETZER Actor Burgtheater | Austria 1920s
Actor of Burgtheater in Vienna, c. 1920s

Vintage matte gelatin silver print on carte postale
5.35 x 3,25 inches (8.5 x 13.5 x 8 cm)
Blindstamp Atelier Setzer Wien VII

Franz Xaver SETZER (Austrian, 1886-1939)
Franz Anton Setzer was one of the most prominent portrait photographer in Austria for several decades. He portrayed leading stage performers and singers who were among his circle of friends that included famous writers, artists and their patrons. Working in the style of turn of the century art photography, he realized that primarily half-length and three-quarter length profile portraits against neutral backgrounds best allowed the sitter's unique qualities to project.

In 1909 Setzer established a photography studio that soon attracted performers from Richard Strauss operas and, in 1920, he married the soprano Marie Guntheil-Schroder. Images of renowned stage performers photographed in the Vienna studio in their theatrical roles, or a private citizens, or at the Salzburg Music Festival, were reproduced as postcards and published internationally in illustrated magazines. A member of the Photographische Gessellschaft in Wein (Vienna Photographic Society) since 1912. Setzer exhibited regularly, including inthe Hagenbund Photo-Fachaustellung (Hagenbund Photography Exhibition) in Vienna in 1930.

Faber, Monika and Timm Starl, Zeit ohne Zukunft, Photographie in Wein 1918-1938, Vienna, 1998.
Starl, Timm, Osterreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950, Vienna, 2002

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