Wiener Konzerthaus

Image Power Politics

Black and white photo of a stonemason with sacred statues in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
Bild macht Politik. Yoichi Okamoto. Ikone der Nachkriegsfotografie / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Prunksaal @ Yoichi Okamoto
Black and white photo of a stonemason with sacred statues in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna

Europe 1945. Famous photographers were making impressive images of Europe emerging anew from a world war sparked by the Nazi regime. They included the American photographer Yoichi Okamoto (1915-1985), who came to Europe as military photographer in spring 1945 and was commissioned in Austria as the personal photographer of the Commander-in-Chief of the American forces in Austria, General Mark W. Clark. His main subject was life after the war, people's hope, the pursuit of happiness, reconstruction, art and culture, and creativity in Austria.

The large special exhibition in the State Hall of the Austrian National Library presents for the first time an extensive selection of impressive images documenting the visual history of Austria from the beginnings of the 2nd Republic: A unique photographic oeuvre in which society, politics, art and culture were captured from Okamoto's special point of view. Images that he himself considered his best and worthy of being preserved for posterity.

Current Dates

  • Thu. 22 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 24 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Feb 2024, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 01 Mar 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Mar 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Mar 2024, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.